Shabu-Shabu! ( syabu-syabu )

Winter is here! Be it good or bad , for those who love it and those who hate it. One thing is certain though : I’m freezing my ass off! Which makes me think of all kinds of warm food to keep me warm and full and thus – Shabu Shabu !


Japanese variant of hot pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, where both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables, and usually served with dipping sauces. However, it is starkly different in taste; shabu-shabu is more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. It is considered a winter dish but is eaten year-round.

The dish is traditionally made with thinly sliced beef, though modern preparations sometimes use pork, crab, chicken, duck, or lobster. Most often, tender ribeye steak is used, but less tender cuts such as top sirloin are also common. A more expensive meat, such as Wagyu, may also be used for its enhanced flavor and texture.

(On a side note : The wagyu cattle’s genetic predisposition yields a beef that has a high eating quality through a naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, and thus has a high market value.)


Shabu-shabu is usually served with tofu and vegetables, including hakusai Japanese cabbage, chrysanthemum leaves, Japanese nori (edible seaweed), onions, carrots, Japanese shiitake mushrooms and Japanese enokitake mushrooms. In some places, Udon, Mochi and/or harusame noodles may also be served.

Shabu-Shabu is a lot like Fondu , well , the concept of fondu – Boiling your food and preparing it in a certain way you like.  You basically take your piece of meat , and swirl it around in the water when the meat is cooked (which is rather fast , because usual shabu-shabu meat slices are very thing) you usually dip it in some sort of sauce (ponzu and goma , Ponzu which is citrus bases , and goma Sesame seeds) and then eating with a bowl of steamed rice.

After all the meat and vegetables are finishes , the Broth in the pot is usually combined with the remaining rice , as a sort of rice soup.

Here is a short video i found , ignore the the girl talking , only reason i chose this video was because its one of the few i could find that gives you a good idea how everything looks.

And then this video , only for a select few , but it made me laugh , Chinese Music Video on Shabu-Shabu:


~ by auntpol on June 11, 2009.

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