What is Shabu Shabu

In the 20th century a new dish was introduced to Japan. The hot pot dish shabu shabu made its appearance and has since then been enjoyed in Asian countries every since. Similar to another Japanese dish called Sukiyaki, shabu shabu is growing more popular around the Western world. Cities that have a large Asian population or authentic Korean and Japanese restaurants in town will all have this delicious and healthy dish on the menu. It gained even more popularity in the movie, Lost in Translation starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray while they dined at a shabu shabu restaurant.

Shabu shabu is a traditionally a beef dish served with vegetables and sometimes ponzu sauce (citrus sauce) or raw egg. The dish is prepared by taking a fondue like pot filled with boiling water then taking thinly sliced pieces of beef and swishing the meat back and forth into the pot until the is browned. How brown is up to the diner. The word “shabu” means swish, so therefore the name is…

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