Chamorro Cuisine

Chamorro Cuisine

Boka Boka Restaurant Serves Healthy Chamorro Cuisine at Reasonable Prices

Much of Chamorro cuisine is influenced by various cultures. Examples of popular foods of foreign origin include various types of sweet or savory empanada, originally introduced by Spain, and pancit, a noodle dish from the Philippines.

Archeological evidence from islands in the Marianas reveals that rice was cultivated there since prehistory. Red rice made with achoti is a distinct staple food that strongly identifies Chamorro cuisine among the many dishes of fellow Pacific island cultures. It is commonly served for special events, such as parties (gupot or “fiestas”), nobenas, and occasions such as a high school or college graduations. Fruits such as lemmai, mangga, niyok, and bilimbines are consumed in various local recipes. In the Marianas, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and American cuisine are also commonly available.

Locally distinct foods include kelaguen, a dish in which meat is cooked in whole or in part by citric acid rather than heat; Tinaktak, a meat dish made with coconut milk; and kå’du fanihi (flying fox/fruit bat soup). Fruit bats and local birds have become scarce in modern times primarily due to the World War II-era introduction of the brown tree snake, which decimated the populations of local birds and threatens the fanihi population as well; hunting them is now illegal.

boka bokaGuam and Saipan has highest per capita consumption of Tabasco sauce in the world, equaling almost two 2-ounce bottles per person per year. Tabasco and Spam united to create Hot & Spicy Spam, which debuted on Guam is very popular in Saipan. Cans of Hot & Spicy Spam are sold throughout the world now.

The Marianas and the Hawaiian islands are the world’s foremost consumers, per capita, of Spam, with Guam at the top of the list, and Hawaii second (specifics regarding the rest of the Marianas are often absent from statistics). Spam was introduced to the islands by the American military during the World War II era, when it was used as war rations.

We promise you will have a splendid dining experience, and a meal to remember at our restaurant. In fact, the authentic Chamorro flavors, spices, and ingredients are so good that you will want to return as a regular Boka Boka Restaurant customer. You will be pleased to find prices very reasonable. Reservation are suggested.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Saipan, and while you’re in San Jose on Beach Road, you are welcome you to visit the Boka Boka Restaurant and enjoy our delicious Chamorro food and friendly service. Thank you for visiting our website, and if you have a personal comment, please go to our website blog and post your message. For reservations, please call (670) 235-2652 or fill in the reservation form on our contact page. Boka Boka Restaurant comfortably seats 80 people and is open during the following Hours: 7am-2pm 6pm-9pm (Sunday through Monday) Saturday 7am-9pm. All major credit cards accepted. We thank you all for your support and continued patronage to local establishments like us in Saipan! We look forward to serving you soon….


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Boka Boka Saipan
Authentic Chamorro Cuisine
Beach Road, San Jose
Saipan, Northern Marianas
Tel—1(670) 235-2652