For a taste of Louisiana this far out in the Pacific, island residents can now find a large variety of Cajun classics at Mama Peaches Cajun Hut, which opened at the Chamorro Village yesterday.
Restaurant owner Pearl “Mama Peaches” Turner isn’t new to the business. She used to run a Mama Peaches food stand, as well as Cajun Delight, in Hagåtña and Maite.
Turner was born in Lafayette, Louisiana,whose motto is “The Heart of Cajun Country." And Turner has brought that heart to Guam.
Cajun fare, rustic and zesty, blends French, Spanish, Portuguese, Native American, and African cooking and formed a unique southern cuisine in Louisiana in the mid 19th century.
And Mama Peaches serves up plenty of it – hearty portions big enough to feed two – including signature crawfish from the bayou, smothered sirloin pork chops, and spiced jambalaya!
On the menu
One of stars of the Mama Peaches menu is her Crawfish Etouffee, a Southern classic that she cooks using her grandmother’s original recipe. And the crawfish is served with a medley of other seafood, and with the standard cornbread and green beans. At $15, it's one of the pricier items on the menu, but considering that a lot of Mama Peaches’ ingredients are imported – from her spices, catfish and crawfish to her red beans and black-eyed peas – it's definitely worth the extra buck.
Mama’s Famous Gumbo goes for $10 and is also a delight. Similar to the Chamorro Estufao, this Cajun stew brims with chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, and is ladled over rice. The gravy used in the dish is light and tasty.
Another southern favorite, Mama’s Louisiana Red Bean and Rice Bowl with Sausage and Ham Hocks, sells for $10 and has a home-cooked quality that just can’t be replicated in chain restaurants or fast food joints.
For dessert, patrons might be intrigued to know that Mama bakes her own peach cobbler ($5, $7 with a scoop of ice cream). This pie's light crust and smooth filling are sure to end your Cajun meal on a sweet, satisfying note.
And Mama Peaches’ cool southern teas, $3.50 a glass, come in flavors such as mango, peach, and razzy peach (raspberry-peach).
Other dishes Mama Peaches regularly cooks up are Jambalaya, fried catfish, collard greens, corn on the cob, potato salad, barbecue ribs, smothered pork chops, homemade mac and cheese, sweet corn bread, candied yams and beignets. And with every dish, Mama Peaches' Cajun Hut proves that good food – in this case, homemade, rich and spicy Cajun delights – needn't be fancy. It just has to be good.