Swish Swoosh: Eating Shabu Shabu in Korea

by Audrey on August 12, 2012


Leave it to us to try a hot soupy dish on one of the hottest days of summer. After a failed attempt at exploring Seoul in the 40C degree weather, we decided to go back to Yongin to have a Korean meal at one of the neighbourhood’s best restaurants – one that specializes in Shabu Shabu!

Shabu Shabu is a Japanese dish, strongly influenced by the Chinese hot pot cooking tradition, which also happens to be extremely popular in Korea. The name Shabu Shabu supposedly derives from the swishing sound made by cooking the meat in the pot, and like with many Korean meals, this one involves playing chef at your own table – which is half the fun of dining out!

Phase one of the meal involves adding the meat and vegetables to the boiling cauldron of red broth that sits in the middle of the table. The vegetables generally include Chinese cabbage, enoki mushrooms, and an assortment of other leafy greens. The beef comes in thinly sliced strips which cook almost instantly once dropped in the pot.

Once you have devoured most of the meat and vegetables leaving only the broth, it’s time for phase two! This is where you add the thick noodles and allow them to cook for a few minutes. By the time you finish eating this part of the meal, you’re probably starting to feel a bit stuffed; but the best is yet to come!

For phase three of the meal, the server comes and takes away the giant pot which is now empty. At a nearby table, she adds rice, egg, and finely chopped veggies to the pot and cooks it over a fire. The result is a crispy, golden-brown rice which is infused with the flavours of the previously consumed dishes.

Mmm, tasty! This meal is definitely one of those hour long affairs best enjoyed on an empty stomach and with plenty of time to spare.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Marilyn Bergeron August 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

you made this sound delicious…good quality video also…thanks for sharing


Nomadic Samuel August 20, 2012 at 12:26 am

Thanks Marilyn, it’s one of our favourite meals in Korea 🙂


Hogga August 18, 2012 at 2:11 am

I just like saying shabu shabu…


Nomadic Samuel August 20, 2012 at 12:26 am

It’s addictive, I know 😛


Jeremy August 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

That looks bomb!!!


Audrey August 29, 2012 at 2:07 am

It sure is! 😉 Quite the fun meal to make.


andrew August 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

looks tasty


Nomadic Samuel September 5, 2012 at 4:54 am

It sure is tasty!


laura August 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Looks totally yuuumy 😀 Check Tour America Direct for more great blogs and advice 🙂


Nomadic Samuel September 5, 2012 at 4:03 am

Thanks Laura! It certainly was 🙂


laura September 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm



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