Foodie Friday: DIY Shabu Shabu

Happy Friday!

Lately, the weather has been a bit crazy and while we would normally eat out during the weekend, dinner at home may seem like a better idea. This super easy DIY Shabu Shabu option may just make you skip the reservations and set up shop in home for a yummy meal or date night in the comforts of your own home.

My husband set up this lovely dinner for us on Valentine’s Day and I couldn’t help take photos…and more photos… and more. And while we have set up Shabu Shabu at home before, this one was special as we had Dahlia at the head of our table for three.

First off, what is Shabu Shabu?

Shaba Shabu is a Japanese meal made with a hotpot of boiling water.  You use thinly sliced meat and vegetables , place them in the boiling water until cooked and use dipping sauces for flavoring along with your rice. Yum!

Simple, right? Right! Shabu Shabu is a fun way of dining and actually easy to set up and perfect for a rainy day!

Here’s what you’ll need to set up:

  • Single Burner
  • Big Pot

(That’s it!)

Here’s the food items you’ll need to buy:

(Note: Most items were purchased at an Asian market)

  • Thinly sliced Meat
    • Beef (Ribeye) Sukiyaki
    • Pork
  • Assorted Vegetables
    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Spinach
    • Tofu
    • Green Onions
    • Garlic cloves
    • Seaweed (Optional to flavor your water)
  • Dipping Sauces (Many options to choose, but we used Mizkan)
    • Sesame Sauce
    • Citrus Soy Sauce
  • Rice


  1. Simply place a big pot of water on the burner on high. Drop a few garlic gloves and the optional seaweed to give the water some flavor. If you like spicy, add your own favorite spices too!
  2. Once the water is boiling, turn down the setting to medium-hi heat and place your meats and veggies inside until cooked.
  3. Once cooked, you can dip your meat and veggies in your sauces and let rest on top of the rice until its ready to be eaten.

Shabu Shabu is one of our favorite interactive ways to eat and its also perfect for groups. And if you’re not quite ready to try it out on your own, head to one of our favorite Shabu Shabu restaurants below:

Shabuway  – Great meat options and delicious dipping sauces (Locations in San Francisco, San Mateo, Mountain View and San Jose)

 Shabu House – Great for big groups and all-you-can-eat option (San Francisco – 3 locations, Burlingame and Milpitas)

Hot Pot Garden – Great broth options and large drink menu (Location in Millbrae)



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