KELAGUEN! If I can say one thing about Chamorro’s, it’s that they can “kelaguen” anything and make it taste good. Kelaguen, as described in Wikepedia as “a Chamorro dish from Guam and the Mariana Islands, eaten as a side dish or as a main course. Made with a pickling marinade of lemon juice, sometimes fresh coconut, onions, green onions, salt and hot red chili peppers or donne dinanche. Some of my favorite kelaguens are chicken and shrimp. There are also beef, deer, fish, and just about everything in the ocean, to include some seaweeds. With Spam being a staple item in the Chamorro cupboards, it would only be appropriate to “kelaguen” it too. Here’s my version!
1 (12 oz. can) Spam (I prefer Hot & Spicy flavored)
1/2 cup Onions, chopped
1/4 cup Green onions, chopped
6 – 8 FRESH Key limes OR Calamansi, juiced (I prefer a more tart flavor, Mmmm)
Salt, to taste
Hot peppers, Pepper flakes, or Donne’ Dinanchi (chopped and to your liking)
NOTE: Always use FRESH squeezed Citrus juices to make this dish!
Open the can of Spam and place it into a serving bowl. Using a fork, start mashing the Spam.
Add the chopped onions, green onions, the FRESH squeezed Key lime or Calamansi juice, and the hot peppers, if using. Fresh lemon or lime juice can also be substituted. Stir to combine the ingredients well. Add salt to suit your taste. The flavor should be slightly tart, but not overly sour. Cover and allow to marinade or serve immediately!
NOTE: Serve this up with freshly made flour titiyas (I have this recipe on my blog), your favorite crackers, tortilla chips, or just plain white rice.