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Feb 20, 2008 08:55 AM

[DFW] - Mr. Shabu Shabu - Plano

Has anyone else tried this place out? I am very unfamiliar with this style of cooking and would like some tips on what to order next time.

My wife and I went this past Saturday and had a wonderful tofu dish - house tofu. The dish came with Chinese black and enoki mushrooms, lightly fried tofu (sauteed?), ginger, garlic, snow peas, and carrot. We also had a pre-made bowl of beef shabu shabu with noodles. The shabu shabu was rather bland and only after we ordered did our waitress tell us that most people order the spicy. The place was very very clean, the service was fast and attentive, and from the looks of it the fried tofu was a popular item on Saturday (similar to the version at First Chinese BBQ). The shabu shabu to me looks like you build your own soup: start with your meat of choice seafood or beef, get a try of veggies (corn, napa cabbage, noodles, etc) and cook it as logn as you would like in a supplied broth. I could be wrong that is what this post is all about!

If anyone else has some input about their dining experience and what to order i would love to hear about it.

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  1. Basically get the vegetable and one meat, which will be enough for you and maybe too much for your wife. Two veggie plates and one meat _might_ be enough for both of you. Definitely get the spicy broth. The clear is basically water. They will bring the broth and set it on the cooking thing, everybody pretty much gets their own bowl. Get it going to a nice simmer. Now take your egg and crack it in the little bowl, add a bit of soy sauce and some green onion or cilantro (I forget the details, it was last year). You will be dipping your cooked food into the raw egg mixture (gasp!) and then eating it.

    Now the tricky part (for a retard like me) is to cook things the right amount of time and not burn the heck out of your mouth! So you can kinda go ahead and dump in some (not all) of the veggies and fish cakes and shrimp balls etc, since they take longer. Then take your slice of meat (I forget what I had, it was beef though) and swirl it around a few times, until its mostly cooked. Then let it cool off in the air for a sec, dip it in the egg mixture, and eat. Then start mixing in eating the veggies and such. It's really kind of a learn by doing thing with respect to how long to cook the odd stuff.

    It's really fun when with a group imo because its kinda social since you have to pause to cook.

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    1. re: luniz


      Thanks for your post...always a hoot to read! I guess the raw egg is a bit better than the small intestine soup we had at Mirak! We will have to meet Godwin up there so he can show us how it is done! I saw that he posted about this place once in a thread....he had some items that weren't on the menu though :(

      1. re: soulslinger

        he's the one who taught me, and he's always fun to eat with...very knowledgeable about food.

        apparently in Japan instead of having your own bowl, everybody uses the same bowl, and you have to vigilantly guard your food or your older brother steals it. so in that respect, Mr. Shabu Shabu has a lot going for it :)

        1. re: soulslinger

          Yes, soulslinger, you have to meet Godwin and I invited you to his meetup a number of times! (As you know, his next meetup is tomorrow. We don't like Maxim's dinner at all, but we're going because we think with him we'll have a totally different experience.)

          The Chinese shabu shabu is very different from the Japanese version, which is very bland (and has never been my favorite). Shabu shabu is one of "nabe(hot pot)" dishes and nabe is always shared with a group of people. Also, shabu shabu is eaten usually with ponzu and no raw egg in Japan. Raw eggs are for sukiyaki.

          Typical Japanese Shabu Shabu

          1. re: kuidaore

            My wife, father and I will be at Maxim's tonight so I will meet Godwin! The other times I have gotten tied up. This time is a definite!

            1. re: kuidaore

              I am a bit confused here - did you mean Chinese "shabu shabu" is bland or Japanese one is? In my experiences of "hot pot"(and I am Chinese so I eat it on weekly basis every winter :-) ) , Japanese places tend to have very clear (hence bland maybe?) soup base. Chinese has all kinds of variations from "mala" to herbal, and they are still being invented as we speak.... :-)
              Mr. Shaby Shabu is a Taiwanese owned place - you can try to speak Japanese to them to test it out :-) . The food is catered to Chinese customers of course, regardless what restaurant's English name is.
              And it's not true that Japanese hot pot is "always shared" - most of eateries (restaurants, not at home), you get individual pots. It's totally common to eat this by a counter, standing up even. I wouldn't call it bland, it's healthy :-) . Japanese food is healthier - I guess no surprise there.
              A (relatively) new thing called "Suki" was developed in Thailand by Thai Chinese. It'll be interesting to see what can grow out of that trend - I wonder if someone thought of Tom Yum soup based hot pot at all? Anyone want to invest ? :-)

            1. re: luniz

              Slightly outdated post, but dipping the meat in the raw egg is something that's new to me. I think you're confusing shabu shabu with Japanese sukiyaki which is kinda similar and you dip you cooked beef in raw egg traditionally. Mr. Shabu Shabu is a Taiwanese owned place (despite the Japanese name)...what they're offering is hot pot. In China, and to my knowledge Japan, you dip your cooked meet in a a sauce, I personally like sa cha sauce of this. The egg is for you to crack and cook in your soup. Of course, eat your food however you like, but by no means is it necessary to dip the meat into raw egg.

            2. I think another name for it is Lau. I'm thinking Bistro B might have it too, since they have such a big menu. Lau is really good especially during winter when it's cold.

              1. Yep love Shabu Shabu but Ms Picky is not quite so enamored. Normally you also have a raw egg. You cook the meat and then swish it in the egg. The art of eating is most definitely not burning your mouth. It's easier said then done.

                1. Does anyone know if you get your own soup here, or is it a big pot in the middle of the table that everyone dips into?

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