Celebrating with Shabu-Shabu

Have you ever eaten Shabu-Shabu?

If you haven’t, you must! It’s a glorious eating experience.

A group of my English teaching friends all gathered together on Saturday night to celebrate the start of  our vacation.  We agreed that Shabu was the perfect meal for this occasion.  It is a very delicious, fun and social meal that is great in a big group setting.

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese version of a hot pot.  Shabu-shabu translates to “swish-swish,” referring to the swishing action when you cook a very thin slices of beef in a hot broth.

A big pot of spicy red broth is placed in the middle of your table and is cooked right there in front of you.  The sliced beef is served along with vegetables, noodles and dipping sauces.  You place all the fixings into your “hot pot” and let it simmer and bubble away.  When everything is cooked through you dig in and enjoy.

And of course, when served in Korea, kimchi is also served! There are many varieties of kimchi, the one I am eating below is cucumber kimchi, which is one of my favs.

Korean coca-cola bottle

But the goodness does not stop there…when you finish all the soup the servers make a fried rice in the bottom of your pot.  The flavors from the soup permeate into the rice making this part of the meal the icing on the cake.

It’s the meal that just keeps on giving.  Although it is not Korean, it is definitely one of our favorite meals we enjoy here.

Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.

I am just so excited that when I wake up in the morning I will not have to go to work! It’s sort of surreal.

Take Care,

C.

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11 thoughts on “Celebrating with Shabu-Shabu

    • I know…there is just something fun about being involved in the cooking of the meal
      and sharing in it together. A lot of Korean meals are done that way.

  1. Oh wow! Your food looks amazing!

    I saw shabu shabu at a asian grill,and used it/ did it in my meal it was awesome! Its crazy how they get is so thin. I love making my own asian food and adding whatever I want! It is so versatile!

  2. Yummm! Sounds amazing. Especially how the make fried rice after you’ve already prepared some of the food. What a great concept. I wonder if any places like this exist in the US!

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