Shabu-shabu is a hot pot dish where you dip your food in boiling water, and then eat it with some sauce. We'd never made it before, so we used this recipe as a guide. The name shabu-shabu is the sound the chopsticks make while fishing food around in the water! Swish swish!
I'm going to note here that our food presentation (an important part of any Japanese cooking) is sorely lacking. We ate this while standing in the kitchen over the stove. No judging.
First, some vegetables!
While cutting up the veggies, we placed some plain water in a pot along with some konbu (kelp) knots.
|Daikon is also great pickled, which I'll probably do with the rest of it!|
Here's our beautiful meat-day sliced shabu shabu beef!
Then we stood over the stove with our dippy sauce, dippy ingredients, and pot of kelp-water, ready to eat!
We found it easiest to cook a few of the veggies at a time, and then eat them. I'd skip the tofu next time since it was impossible to pick up from the pot, and even started disintegrating. Maybe I need super-extra-firm tofu. Also, we'd cut the cabbage down smaller next time, as it was a bit unwieldy. And don't try to eat the konbu (kelp) knots unless you really like the taste of the ocean. Just sayin'!
But overall it was delicious! Though standing around the stove was kind of lame. Maybe I'll buy a table-top hot pot someday.
Have you had shabu-shabu before?