Wednesday, May 21, 2014
PDX 671 - Portland, OR
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If it weren't for Triple D, I wouldn't have stopped here but after watching the episode describing the lengthy process of marinating the chicken, I believed the result would chicken saturated to the core with flavors.
This would also be my foray into Guamian food.
Kelaguen Mannok/chopped grilled chicken is an aesthetically plated dish consisting of cold grilled chicken, onions, grated coconut, chili peppers, and lemon. As mentioned, I anticipated it to be intensely flavorful but what came out was mild except for its spiciness. The moderate heat was dominant followed by the zest of the lemon. The coconut was subtle at best and the soy even more so. The grilled flavor was present if lost in the heat. Overall it had a nice clean light flavor and it was perfect summer fare.
Titiyas are Chamorro flatbread are made with coconut milk and grilled to order. It was light and flaky with a slight chalkiness. Decent but it didn't truly distinguish itself.
Was the Mannok as good as Guy Fieri portrayed on Triple D? No it wasn't OMG, not even close. Maybe it was an off batch that wasn't marinated as well as usual. It was good clean fare more akin to a jab than knockout right cross.