Japanese Food: Shabu-Shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ)

Shabu-Shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ) is a Japanese dish whose name comes from the sound when the ingredients are being stirred in the cooking pot.
The base of this dish is thinly sliced beef, that is cooked in a pot of boiling water along with tofu and vegetables. Before eating, people take the stirred ingredients from the cooking pot and dip them in ponzu or goma (sesame seed) sauce. Mixing both is also possible.

As you can see in the picture above, the ingredients are being stirred not in water, but in soy milk (豆乳, とうにゅう, tounyuu). It is another way of cooking and really delicious as well.

In both preparing ways, each person dips a slice of beef for some seconds (it cooks really fast), and takes is out along with some vegetables.

This is definitely one of my favorite dishes in Japan!


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