Finadene

I grew up eating this sauce doused over just about everything, so did all of my childhood friends. Finadene is a salty, spicy all-purpose condiment used in Chamorro cuisine. You will find it served in most households and restaurants on Guam or, at my house. 

My mother was born and raised on the island of Guam until the age of 13, when she and her family moved to Hawaii. Years later, they relocated to Paris, where she became a well-known singer and met my father. Now back to the sauce... 

Finadene is typically spooned over rice, chicken, meat or fish. It can also be used as a dipping sauce. There are many different variations, but here's the recipe my mother taught me. 

 My mother and her sister, Diana performing the Hawaiian Hula dance.

My mother and her sister, Diana performing the Hawaiian Hula dance.

Ingredients

  • about 2/3 cup soy sauce (I use organic lite soy sauce)
  • juice of 4 large lemons
  • diced green onions (about 1 small bunch)
  • chopped grape or cherry tomatoes (about a handful)
  • few dashes of garlic powder
  • few dashes of crushed pepper
  • tabasco (add to your heat tolerance)

Directions

  • Mix ingredients in a bowl and serve. 

Note: I add the lemon juice first then pour half the amount of soy sauce in at a time. Finadene should taste like equal parts of soy sauce and lemon. Some lemons are juicier than others, so the amount of soy sauce can vary.