Join in Guam's Liberation Day celebration


POSTED: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Guam's release from Japanese occupation during World War II is celebrated each year through Liberation Day, one of the country's most important national holidays.

Hawaii-based members of the Guamanian community are holding a 65th Guam Liberation celebration on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Bowen Park at Schofield Barracks. The potluck event will feature traditional food, games and raffle drawings.

In anticipation of the festivities, event planner Ted Taijeron shares the following traditional recipe.


5 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper, to taste

6 eggs

2 cans Carnation evaporated milk

1 box of frozen shrimp, coarsely chopped

1 medium onion, minced

1 bag mixed vegetables, minced

3 cups salad oil

Tabasco sauce, to taste

Mix together dry ingredients.

Add in eggs and milk; stir until smooth. Add shrimp, onion and vegetables. Batter should be thick enough to hold its form when dropped into hot oil.

Heat oil for deep frying.

Drop 1/3 cup of batter (about 2 to 3 tablespoons) into hot oil and cook until patty rises to the top and turns golden brown. Remove from pan and sprinkle with Tabasco, if desired. Serves 6 to 8.

Approximate nutritional analysis, based on 8 servings and not including salt to taste: 870 calories, 46 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 280 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium, 79 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 33 g protein