April 10, 2016
Now, I’m sure there are other kinds of Shabu Shabu places, but the only ones we’ve found in Japan so far are based on a time limit, either 90 minutes to two hours. And, you know, I never really went to a Shabu Shabu place in Korea that served you according to a time limit. Every one we went to just had you order big plates of meat and pay for that. Want more? Pay more! Here, though, we just pay a flat rate for as much meat as we can eat. Challenge accepted! EAT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
But that’s just the cheapskate in us talking. It’s not like you won’t get your money’s worth. No need to gorge. You should be going to Shabu Shabu with the intention of casually eating and talking with friends. No rush, no worries. Everyone cooks their meat as they like, eats as much as they like. Most places we eat at aren’t that sociable; they’re mostly pop in, eat quick, and leave. Do your talking elsewhere! A shabu shabu place is not like that. It’s a nice change :D
There are a few things we didn’t show in this video, though. For some reason, this place didn’t have meatball bamboo sticks, when they usually do, as do other Shabu Shabu places we’ve been to. They’ve got ground meat in the hollow of a bamboo stick, and you’re supposed to push the meat out of them into the Shabu Shabu broth, and then it’ll cook into a meatball. They’re great! Some places also offer cheese, which is a lot harder to work with You should only swish the cheese once, and then put it on top of a piece of meat you already shabushabu’ed. If you swish the cheese more than once, it might fall apart and just be sacrificed to the broth. Ha!
Also, if meat isn’t your thing, there are different options. The place we went to offers a meatless option, so you can just cook veggies, if you’d like. You can add noodles to your Shabu Shabu. But unlike the noodles we had at the Korean Shabu Shabu we went to a while ago. You can get smaller, single serving bowls of noodles that you can cook to whatever firmness you like. You can also add Mochi. As a general rule, whenever you can add Mochi to anything, do it. Mochi makes everything better! Basically, you can treat the shabu shabu as a vegetable hot pot, if you’d like, and it’s still pretty delicious :D
So that’s it for our small video on Shabu Shabu. If you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you give it a chance! It’s delicious, and it’s a fun experience overall. Go for it!
We’ve also got some bloopers and extra scenes, if that’s your thing :D