California Shabu Shabu – Costa Mesa
Happy Thursday good foodie friends.
California Shabu Shabu
A recent trip took me to Southern California and to a fantastic Shabu Shabu (hotPot) restaurant.
What fun and healthy way to eat!
Basically you have a hot plate and hot Pot at each seat.
Also with your hot pot you will have a bowl of Ponzu a citrus based soya sauce as well as Goma which is a sesame peanut based sauce, both were perfect dipping sauces!
Now your decision comes to what do you feel like eating? We chose prime rib and vegetables which also comes with noodles for the soup portion of your meal.
Okay, time to eat…. The hot pot is full of water, now what?
How to Shabu Shabu:
You will basically first put some of the veggies that take a lite longer to cook in the hot water.
Now put your protein (again we chose prime rib beef) in the water and be surprised that the meat only took seconds to cook.
We ordered brown rice with our meal so between the flavorful beef and the Goma and ponzu the flavors started to dance!
What you need to know is that Shabu Shabu is not about food coming to you pre-seasoned bit rather you are presented with as mentioned Ponzu and Goma. As well you are provided a bowl of chopped green onion, chopped white onion, chopped garlic and sesame seeds that I encourage you to add all of them to your sauces to kick them up to the next level. You will dip all of your vegetables and meat or seafood in the sauces and enjoy the with or without your rice.
When you think you are starting to get full, retain 2-3 pcs of meat and put them in the soup broth that you wi be given.
Now put your vegetables and noodles in the hot pot that has already been developing as you cooked your first round in and cook it to your perfect preference.
You now are creating your hot pot soup and the finish of a great meal!
My Shabu Shabu meal left me wanting more and yet feeling like I had a healthy meal.
This was my first Shabu Shabu in many years but absolutely NOT my last!
Try California Shabu Shabu when you are in the area next and enjoy the freshly cut or prepared Shabu Shabu!
You Gotta Try This!