Taiwan — Taiwanese Shabu Shabu

Taiwanese Shabu Shabu (涮涮;Taiwanese: “Sha Sha Woh”)

Shabu shabu originally came from Northeast China. In the 13th century, Genghis Khan used it as a cooking’s method to feed the Mongol troops. The troops gathered around a large pot and put thinly sliced meat in the chafing dish. It’s call “hot pot.” Due to the Japanese armies seized Northeast part of China, Japanese bought “hot pot” back to Japan and changed the name as “Shabu Shabu.”  Since a lot of Japanese people live in Taiwan, thus Shabu Shabu becomes one of the popular foods for Taiwanese, and created her own flavors. The main ingredient of Japanese Shabu Shabu are beef, boy choy, mushroom, spinach (spinacia oleracea), Chinese onion, bean sprouts, Garland chrysanthemum (Chinese: Tong Hao), tofu, Chinese vermicelli (cellophane noodles), etc. Some Japanese may put udon as well. The beef that serve in Shabu Shabu are usually the best beef, the “Matsusaka beef.” It is one of the most famous kinds of beef in Japan and internationally. These kinds of beefs contained a high fat-to-meat ratio. Some people will like to have pork and mutton, but unlike Chinese hot pot, Japanese people do not put animal’s internal organs in Shabu Shabu. The beefs are cut thinly, thus you are able to the beef after you put it into the hot water for 15-20 seconds. Then have the beef the sauce. There are 2 difference sauces in Shabu Shabu, sesame paste and “ponzu” (烹滋). The taste of sesame paste is stronger, it usually serves with meat. While “ponzu” is a little bit sour, so people usually serves it with tofu and vegetates. After the Shabu Shabu, most restaurants will serve dessert such as fruits or ice-cream.

 Fu Lok Taiwanese Shabu Shabu Restaurant (富樂台式涮涮鍋)

 This restaurant use white sugar cane to stew for broth. Since the soup base is a little bit sweet, so it can bring out the fresh taste of the meat. I think that their soup is really good!

  — the vegatable dish

 — beef– The beef is really thin, and the ratio of fat and meat is really balance. 

 — mutton

 Stewed minced pork with rice – This is one of the traditional Taiwanese foods. However, this rice contain pig’s oil, it’s better don’t have too much!


1) No.58, Meide St., Shihlin District, Taipei City 11159, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Tel: 02-2831-4988; Service Hours: 11:00 – 23:00

2) 1/F, No.75, Sec. 4, Chengde Rd., Shihlin District, Taipei City 11166, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Tel: 02-2886-6895; Service Hours: 11:00 – 1:00 am

 ZeShabu Shabu (澤.極上乘涮涮鍋)

This restaurant use Kombu (Laminaria japonica) and dried slide fish to stew for broth, it tastes fresh and sweet.

 The decorations are really modern and trendy, which looks like a lounge bar.

 Before the Shabu Shabu, this restaurant will serve a salad first. With a special traditional Japanese sauce make the salad taste really delicious.

 After that, there are 3 different sauces for the Shabu Shabu: (left) — lemon, pepper, kumquats, and cut spicy Japanese raphanus sativus; (middle) – sauce of kumquats; (right) – sauce of Japanese raphanus sativus with green onion.

 Vegatables dish

 Slide of Pork  Mutton


Address: No.7, Lane 83, Sec. 1, Da-an Rd., Da-an District, Taipei City 10688, Taiwan (R.O.C.) Tel: 02-8772-7579; Service Hours: 11:30 – 23:00

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