Shabu Shabu House

With all the hot pot restaurants gaining popularity these days, Hubby and I had the sudden urge to get back to  basics. We wanted to taste the simple flavors of Japanese style shabu shabu, where the ingredients are boiled in water, not flavored broth. We headed to Shabu Shabu House on Kapiolani, which has been around from before Ichiriki, and all the newer Taiwanese and Thai hot pot places. I remember when they first opened many years ago, a meal set was under $10. The current price of a meal sets starts at $15.95, but if you look at all the food that’s included, it’s still a fantastic value.

Included in the meal set is sliced meat (I chose beef & pork), a plate of assorted veggies, tofu, gyoza, udon noodles, and rice. First, put the piece of konbu in the water for added flavor. Then, enjoy cooking the veggies and meats then dipping it in your choice of three dipping sauces: sesame, ponzu, and ginger. (I save the udon noodles for last). The meat is perfectly shaved to paper thin, so all you have to do is let it swim in the boiling water for a few seconds.

My favorite part of shabu shabu, udon noodles! What is left in the pot at the end of a shabu shabu meal is a beautiful beef based broth. No extra flavors to get in the way, no MSG.  All it needs for seasoning is a little salt and pepper and some green onions, and it’s the most gratifying finale to a perfect meal.

All meals at Shabu Shabu House come complete with a pore-cleansing steam facial. 😉

Shabu House
1221 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Mon-Sat: 11:00a-2:00p, 5:00p-10:00p
Sun: 5:00p-10:00p


2 Responses to “Shabu Shabu House”

  1. 1 taroinbrisbane May 31, 2011 at 3:28 am

    I think most of the shabushabu places in Japan use a thin soup which I suspect has a bit of MSG from the beginning. The nation is obsessed with umami so can’t blame them but this place seems like a purist using only konbu. We serve our Bangalow Sweet Pork shabu shabu with a diluted version of our golden triple soup so the noodles in the end with all the pork dashi end up tasting super umai (of course no MSG). After all we are a ramen shop competing in the umami arena and its not about subtleness.

    • 2 honolulueats June 3, 2011 at 12:11 am

      Oh I didn’t know that! I just assumed they all use water, so I never thought to taste the soup prior to cooking. I’ll try that the next time, but as far as I can tell, it was crystal clear water. I think your using soup is a great idea – after all, you are a ramen shop, not a shabu shabu shop. Has the hot pot craze hit Brisbane yet? Once it does, it will be good to have something to distinguish yourself from the others – in your case, the soup and handmade noodles that come with the shabu shabu. We’re having fun with Mom and Dad here! Talk about the girls a lot, we love hearing about how they talk and act from Mom and Dad. Miss them so much!

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