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Better ponsu than Shabu-shabu House?

medicine Aug 11, 2013 10:33 PM

SSH is like like eating in a Seinfeld episode (episodes referencing a soup place).... Yes the line, list, ventilation and seating are terrible.... But that ponsu sauce, when doctor'd up the way Taicho likes it... Can it be beat?

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    ns1 Aug 12, 2013 09:49 AM


    inquiring minds want to know.

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    1. re: ns1
      Porthos Aug 12, 2013 10:11 AM

      You being serious ns1 or are you being a thread facilitator?

      Shabu-shabu house is mediocre shabu. The goma sauce is watered down and the price isn't that great even considering the lesser quality. There is nothing remarkable about that "ponsu".

      1. re: Porthos
        ns1 Aug 12, 2013 10:18 AM

        still tastes delicious to me, so please offer up a better place to buy ponzu for home shabu usage.

        IMO the store bottled ones suck ass, so if anyone has a rec for a particular brand I'll gladly take that.

        Note: I haven't been to SSH in a few years.

        1. re: ns1
          Porthos Aug 12, 2013 10:25 AM

          California Shabu offers much better beef and goma than SSH. Ponzu in all honesty is probably the same or slightly better. Been to Shensengumi Gardena once and thought it was better than SSH also.

          Kagaya is to SSH what Tsujita is to Daikokuya, what Mori is to Sasabune (actually, more like whatever is a few notches below Sasabune).

          There is probably a good reason you haven't gone back to SSH in a few years.

          1. re: Porthos
            ns1 Aug 12, 2013 10:31 AM

            I go to Cal Shabu whenever I'm in OC for shabu.

            I go to kagaya when I have excess money for shabu.

            In LA, I go to Joon Shabu in Glendale. It's pretty damn good and IMO better than California Shabu/SSH, but obv. not as good as kagaya (but only half the cost)

            does california shabu or kagaya actually sell their sauce by the bottle though? Cuz that's the real question....

            1. re: ns1
              Porthos Aug 12, 2013 10:34 AM

              Was that the question? OP was just asking can it be beat. Yep. It's beat by probably 50% of shabu places in town.

              Regarding home ponzu, I haven't found a brand that tastes like the restaurant stuff either.

              1. re: Porthos
                ns1 Aug 12, 2013 10:36 AM

                ah yes true. I pulled a kevin, I thought I read "better ponzu I could buy by the bottle".

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