Sunday, September 14, 2008

We love Shabu Shabu

So there we were having dinner one night & it suddenly occurred to me that I've not introduced our #1 favorite dish - shabu shabu. We have it at least 2-3 times a month. I grabbed the camera & started taking pictures of our food right there at the dining table. That was a first. I usually take pictures of the food before it reaches the table & not in the midst of eating.

I know shabu shabu is usually done with thin slices of beef. Well try finding that here ! Initially I was even desperate enough to try it with beef carpaccio but it doesn't work cos there is no fat in the beef & it's just not the same. Then I found a better solution - bacon. Strips of bacon works beautifully in shabu shabu plus you don't have to worry about over cooking. And of course, we have the usual like chinese cabbage, onions, shitake or enoki mushrooms & tofu.

But the most important thing is of course the dipping sauce. The sesame sauce & the ponzu sauce. I couldn't eat shabu shabu without either of these sauces. The Girl likes it so much, you can give her anything dipped in those & she will eat it. Just to proof to you how much we love our shabu shabu - when I was in Geneva, I bought a 1.5L bottle of the sesame sauce (it costs more than a bottle of sake).

We always end the meal by pouring the soup & the rest of the sauce.....on the remaining rice. Delish !


Tsu Lin + + said...

Recipe, please. Merci

bACk in GERMANY said...

Yummy! Mmmh...
Think I'm putting on weight just by reading your blog! :D

Thin slices... I've seen some Chinese restaurants here using sausage slicer (machine) to cut thin slices of beef for steam-boat. Maybe you wanna invest in one of those slice all machines for bread/sausages/cheese?

petite fleur said...

tsu lin - It's really easy so here goes.

Put sliced chinese cabbage, onion, mushrooms, cubed tofu etc in a pot of water & bring to a boil. When the vegetables are soft, add the bacon (if you're using beef, only cook it at the last minute or cook it at the table). Then finally add 1-2 Tbsp of miso paste & salt for taste.

C - The only type of meat slicer machines I've seen are rather big - like the ones in the supermarket for slicing ham etc. I'll have to watch out for the ones you mentioned.

Also using good quality beef is going to be expensive & you really need that for shabu shabu.