Korean Style Shabu Shabu: "A Favourite of Mine." Seoul Restaurant Tip by Hmmmm

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  Shabu Shabu. Not the Huge Pot. Pic: Aaron Irving
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Tradition and folklore tell us that Shabu Shabu cooking dates back to the 13th Century and Genghis Khan. As he built his power and became ruler of Mongolia, Khan assembled a massive and highly-organized army.

As he widened his domination throughout China and Eurasia, his army was constantly on the move. He developed "hot pot" or Shabu Shabu form of cooking as a way to feed his troops. The hungry troops would gather around a large pot of boiling water and dip their thinly sliced meat into the pot.

Purpose of the "hot pot" was to feed the troops efficiently, nutritiously, and to save on the army's limited fuel resources. By using thinly sliced meat, troops were able to cook the meat very quickly and efficiently absorbing all of the nutrition of the meat.

The "hot pot" method of cooking survived over the centuries in different regions of China and went through many changes as time passed on.... In 1948, a small restaurant owner in Osaka, Kansai introduced Shabu Shabu cooking to Japan, and within few years Japan introduced Shabu Shabu cooking to the world, today it has gained immense popularity throughout the world.

Shabu Shabu is Immensely popular in Japan, and it has taken off in South Korea in a big way too.

Favorite Dish: There are a number of ways to eat Shabu Shabu. Some people just through oll the the thinly sliced meet into the "Nambi" or all purpose cooking pot, and serve it as a brothy stew, cook the sliced of meat one by one by dipping into the hot pot as it steams on its hot plate infront of you. Then eating the soupy broth later with added Kal GukSu or Cut Wheaten Noodles (that also finf their origin in Mongolia.

Address: In Most downtown districts
Comparison: about average
Directions: In Seoul you'll find Shab Shabu restaurants in Kangnam, Apgujeong, Jongro, but also in some of the lesser known districts throughout Seoul. I recently ate Shabushabu in Jongam Dong. ^^ Outside Seoul, Shabu Shabu is also widely available.
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim
Website: http://www.jinsang.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 20, 2004
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