Soup - so comforting and delicious on a cold winter night, but some times even during the summer one craves a nice hotpot of Shabu Shabu. For those of you who have not heard of Shabu Shabu - the diner is given a hotpot filled with hot kombu/dashi and when the water reaches it's boiling point the diner can start throwing in his/her meat and vegetables and start enjoy their dinner. Shabu Shabu gets it's name because of the swishing of the meat and vegetables, swish-swish is Shabu Shabu in Japanese.
Shopping list for this meal:
- Green Onions
- Goma Sauce (sesame)
- Enoki Mushrooms
- Napa Cabbage
- Thinly sliced beef
- Ponzu Sauce (bought from Shabu Shabu House Restaurant in DTLA)
It's not really hard to prepare for this meal, the only time consuming part was chopping up the vegetables into bite sized pieces. I made our dipping sauces first so the additional flavors I added can marry together. To the goma sauce and ponzu sauce I added green onions, pureed garlic, and hot sesame oil. This is just our preference you can pretty much add whatever ingredients you have on had to enhance the flavors of the sauce. Note to self you may not want to come here on your first date or if you must, just go easy on the garlic or don't use any at all.
|Thinly sliced beef.|
|Ponzu sauce mixed with garlic, green onions & hot sesame oil.|
|Goma sauce with hot sesame oil, green onions and garlic.|
|Enoki mushrooms & green onions.|
|Shabu Shabu spread.|
Beef and veggies taking their nice hot bath before then enter our bellies.
Stay beautiful, and stay hungry!