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Korean Shabu Shabu

March 8, 2012

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Yay! Martina’s off her crutches! She can walk a bit now, and stand for a Music Monday session, but she’s not strong enough yet for a full out WANKing session. She should be game for next week though (huzzah!). However…we might be out of the country in Japan for a mini-vacation. Japan International Simon Martina! Ohhh that’s the worst acronym we ever made…

Anyhow, on to the food! BaaggghhhgGGhhhgghHH. We love this stuff. For last week’s FAPFAP we went to a Korean Meat Soup restaurant, and even though that was ridiculously delicious, we’d still pick this stuff over that. The meat isn’t as good here as it is for last week’s Galbijjim, because this week’s meat is thinly shaved and frozen, but it’s still really enjoyable when shabu-shabu’ed. And there’s also something so wonderful about the process. Bubbling broth, swishing around some meat, dipping it in wasabi soy sauce as it still steams from your chopsticks. The process of making it is really enjoyable, while last week the food was simply served to you.

There is something that mega sucks about this week’s restaurant, though: sitting on the floor. Now, some people might be perfectly fine with it, but it’s SOOOO UNCOMFORTABLE FOR US! We’re not used to floor-sitting. We’re not opposed to it on a cultural basis or anything like that: we’re opposed to it on a comfort basis. It hurts our bums, numbs our legs, and results in general owwies. And the tables are sometimes too small for us to fit our legs under. WOMP WOMP!

Shabu Shabu Menu

Click for the full sized Shabu Shabu menu, translated

Also, because we’re trying to be somewhat helpful here for these FAPing sessions, rather than just teasing you with all of this awesome food, we’ve taken a picture of the menue and translated it all for you, just in case you want to try this out yourself when you’re in Korea. A note about the menu, though: the options aren’t really described very well. It’s not like you’ll pick up the menu and see “Gently poached trout fillet with a side of blanched spinach in a beurre blanc sauce.” Your menu says MEAT/SEAFOOD/SHRIMP/VEGETABLE. What kind of meat? The SHUT UP AND EAT THE MEAT kind. Ha! It’s so wonderfully minimalistic that it’s almost…mysterious, in that – if you don’t know that restaurant well – it’s gonna be quite the surprise :D

We talk about this more in the bloopers. Check em out here!

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