Here's a great idea for a dinner party that will really impress your guests - Shabu-shabu! It is so easy, fun and interactive that everyone will really enjoy. It doesn't take too much prep time, and provides for everyone to be the chef of their own meal. We also started with a sashimi appetizer that tasted like it was from your favorite sushi restaurant, simply by using fresh and local ingredients. Just follow these easy steps!
We love this fancy appetizer of sashimi. It is so easy and always impresses. Make sure to use a super sharp knife so you can slice the fish well without tearing. Cut into rectangle bite sized pieces, like you would get at your favorite sushi place. Serve along side soy sauce, wasabi, and spicy mayo and you are set! We garnished with some green onions too - always remember your presentation is the first thing your guests will notice!
As mentioned before, it is good to choose sturdy veggies that won't fall apart as they are cooking in your broth. And we got very thinly sliced meat from our local Japanese market - the kobe beef was the best! A little pricier, but definitely worth it. The shrimp turned out really well too. You could also use chicken - just be extra careful to not contaminate anything during the process with the raw chicken - it will cook off in the pot, but you will want to be more careful with chicken.
Place your veggies and meat into the simmering broth - the meat will cook very quickly (in 30 seconds to 1 minute) - the veggies (especially carrots) will take a little longer (3 to 4 minutes). Use your best judgement of how firm you want your veggies. We used tongs as they were the easiest to handle but you can also use fondue skewers.
This is a progressive meal that can last for as long as you like while everyone cooks their meat and veggies to their liking. Enjoy with a side of rice and your favorite sake - we also steamed some edamame for a side dish - a fun meal for everyone!
Welcome to our blog! We are twins who love cooking, trying new restaurants, and taking photos of food in San Francisco. We love to improvise and come up with fun, creative and easy recipes. They are meant to be inspirations for you to come up with your own unique recipes, or follow along with what we do - your choice! We enjoy taking pictures of food whether at home or out at restaurants, and of course, we love our burrata and chardonnay. Enjoy!