Shabu Shabu Dinner

Shabu Shabu

The other day when we went to Nijiya Market we were actually there to show our Tokyo friends a different market in case they ever wanted a change from Don Quixote by Ala Moana.

We thought we were there just to check out the place, little did we know they had a whole plan mapped out. At Nijiya Market they were picking up the ingredients to make us a great shabu shabu dinner that night!

After shopping and back at their place, the shabu shabu dashi was being prepared: One large piece of konbu (cut into 3 smaller pieces) simmered in a pot of water.

While that was going we had some drinks and tsukemono (Japanese pickles) to start off with.



and Narazuke


During this time, the shabu shabu ingredients that were picked up at Nijiya Market were also being prepared.

Kobe style shabu shabu beef
Soft Tofu, cubed
Shirataki noodles, cut into 5-7 inch lengths
Green onions, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
Chinese cabbage, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
Enoki mushrooms, broken into smaller clusters
Shungiku (Chrysanthemum leaves), cut into 4-5 inch pieces

This is how it was all arranged on the platter.

Shabu Shabu

Once it was dinner time, the konbu dashi was poured into an electric hot pot. Then a little of everything was added in to the hot broth.

Shabu Shabu

To eat, we just grabbed from the pot and dipped the food into a little dish of ponzu sauce slightly diluted with konbu dashi water from the pot.

Here’s a piece of that Kobe style beef, it was so soft!

Shabu Shabu

And some shirataki noodles with shungiku.

Shabu Shabu

When all of the food in the pot was eaten, we’d add another round of meat and veggies into the hot pot. We did this about 3 or 4 times until everything on the platter was gone.

After that we turned up the hot pot to high and boiled down the dashi that now had lots of delicious flavors from the meat and vegetables. When the broth became more concentrated we added in a little shoyu, katsuo dashi, udon noodles and some green onions.

We emptied our ponzu sauce and used the bowl to have a helping of udon and soup. To the broth we also added some yuzu seasoning (tastes sort of like lemon, salt, and wasabi mixed together).

This is what the bottle looks like…

Yuzu Seasoning

A little goes a long way with this. We used maybe 1/8 teaspoon for each bowl. But even with that little bit, it really makes a big difference brightening up the flavor!

Shabu Shabu Udon

This was so good, definitely the best nabe I’ve ever had!

10 comments   -   January 12, 2009

1 shawna { 01.12.09 at 7:00 pm }

i didn’t know about the nijiya market here. I am going to check it out the next time I am in the area. Loved your shabu shabu. I want to make some.

2 rowena { 01.12.09 at 10:55 pm }

With friends like that, one would never starve or have a bad meal. Absolutely delicious post as I haven’t experienced shabu shabu in a long time. The last pic with the noodles and drops of oil on the surface is just killing me!

3 Lori { 01.12.09 at 11:48 pm }

Hi shawna,
Thanks for visiting and I’m glad you loved this dish. You should give it a try when you have time, it was really easy to make!

Hey rowena,
That picture gets me too, the broth is so tasty at that point!

4 lauren { 01.13.09 at 4:28 am }

The shabu shabu looks great! I’m such a fan of nabe!
Is the takuwan shape like mushrooms? When I first looked at the picture, I thought they were mushrooms.

5 Lori { 01.13.09 at 6:30 am }

Hey lauren,
The takuan was a long, kind of shriveled looking type of takuan. Not those thick plump pieces we usually see. It was really interesting, I had never seen it in that shape before either!

6 sugarlens { 01.13.09 at 8:55 am }

It’s 20 degrees here and your boiling hot shabu shabu is exactly what I need.

I love hot pots. I have been meaning to get the proper equipment so I can have my own shabu shabu nights.

7 noble pig { 01.13.09 at 2:46 pm }

Wow, I learn about so many foods here, I love it!

8 Joie de vivre { 01.13.09 at 2:49 pm }

How gorgeous! This looks wonderful.

9 Lori { 01.13.09 at 4:36 pm }

Hi sugarlens,
Wow, 20 degrees! This nabe dish would be great for you!

Hi noble pig,
I’m glad you enjoy reading about my food adventures!

Hi Joie de vivre,
Thanks! 😀

10 Linda { 12.17.11 at 8:22 pm }

Love your blog! Great pictures and tips. I like that you included the picture of that yuzu seasoning since it’s all in Japanese, very helpful. Totally agree with Rowena, that last picture is making my mouth water.

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