shabu-shabu dinner @ nabezo

Tiny and I love shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ), so we decided it was time to eat it again. For those of you who are wondering, shabu- shabu is a Japanese-style hot pot. It consists of thinly sliced meat, veggies  and dipping sauces.Me, Boo-chan, Tiny and Mr T went to Nabezo (鍋ぞう 渋谷センター街店). We all love Nabezo because it’s all you can eat!  You definitely wanna come here with an appetite!!

When you first come you choose the type of soup you want.  There are 5 different types; shabu shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ) , sukiyaki–which is sweet (すき焼き), shio tonkotsu (塩とんこつ), soy milk collagen (豆乳コラーゲン) and kimchee–which is spicy (旨辛キムチ). We just wanted the regular soup and ordered shabu shabu and our drinks of course-kanpai! And our 90 minute all you can eat shabu-shabu session has just started! Ready GO!!

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We decided on both pork and beef. The meat is paper thin. Love how you can stack up these meat plates to save room on the table!

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1. There are two sauces in shabu-shabu. The darker one is Ponzu sauce which is basically soy sauce with lemon juice. We mix in diced scallions and momiji oroshi–which is a spicy grated daikon.  This sauce is lighter and refreshing.  2. The beige sauce is goma dare or sesame sauce. Its sweeter and a little bit heavier. Some people think it tastes similar to a non-sweet peanut butter type sauce.  I like both.


We first add in the veggies to the pot, as these take a little bit longer to cook then the meat. You can basically throw any veggies you want into the pot.  We have chinese cabbage, carrots, enoki mushrooms, enringi mushrooms and other leafy greens. DSC_4546

You can choose your own veggies from the veggie corner–of course you can take as much as you like.

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Next you add in the meat. When you put in the meat you swish it around in the pot until it is fully cooked. Usually you only put it in slice by slice. But when you have 4 hungry bodies, we get lazy and just dump it in sometimes–haha!

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After dipping a lot of meat in the hot pot, the fat melts off the meat (hence it is healthy). So you need to take out the fat (あくを取る) in the pot with this screen type ladel. I love doing this for some reason. You skim the ladel on the top of the pot and them empty it into a small container.


90 minutes seems like a really long time. But when you are starving your meal usually lasts all of 20-30 minutes. Its funny, when our drinks come we are talking and having fun, then when the hot pot, meat and veggies are in front of us, we turn mute and concentrate on eating–hahaha.  One important thing to remember, eat slowly you have 90 minutes! What kind of all you can eat places do you enjoy?


ms fancy pants tokyo & tiny


  • Nabezo (鍋ぞう 渋谷センター街店)
  • 31-2 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
  • 6F Shibuya Beam Bldg
  • Mon-Fri  Lunch 11:30-15:00,  Dinner 17:00-23:00
  • Sat-Sun/Holiday 11:30-23:00
  • 03-3461-2941

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