What is Shabu Shabu? I will tell you…
I wanted to treat my dad and my dad-in-law to a fathers day feast that was not only delicious but allowed them to sit back and enjoy their day. They always end up being the ones that do the grilling or cooking on occasions like this, but this time I wanted them to not lift a finger–until dinner time!
I decided on one of my favorite meals that I learned to make while living in Korea. Though traditionally a Japanese dish, I have only feasted on this magical hot pot goodness in my little Korean neighborhood; Sinnae-dong.
A gas grill, a huge pot, tongs and a ladle, tons of local fresh greens, mushrooms, onions, squash, potatoes and dipping sauces (Ponzu & sweet chili ginger).
This meal is the perfect way to all gather around, relax and visit for at least 2 hours. It is an active meal meaning that you cook while you are at the dinner table. Many Korean dinners are prepared this way and I fell in love with this concept. I feel like this type of dinner creates an avenue for all to participate in the making of the food while also visualizing the steps that go into making this meal so special. This way when you are eating with your loved ones, you actually feel the love and nourishment in the food you are sharing!
The first course: veggies in a kelp broth with sauces for dipping. Add some thinly sliced meat in with the veggies. Second course: udon noodles in the remaining broth also to be eaten with dipping sauce. Last course- porridge: the remaining liquid mixed with brown rice, farm fresh eggs, seaweed and kimchi! It was AWESOME! (I was too distracted, or having too good of a time, to take photos of the last 2 courses!)
Please send me a message if you are interested in hosting a Shabu Shabu meal with your friends or family!!