The girls and I decided to try something new for our lunch date today, a shabu-shabu restaurant in the Times Square Mall called 'Shinobu'. None of us had been before, and only Beenal had ever tried shabu-shabu before, so it was quite an experience.
The set up at each place of the table looks like this, with a hot plate and a ladle:
Shabu-shabu is a Japanese form of hot pot. Basically, thinly sliced meat and other ingredients are cooked in a skillet at the table. You are supposed to swish the slices of meat in the boiling soup, and it's said that the name shabu-shabu, derives from this swishing action.
We all ordered the set lunch, Anna tried the chicken, Beenal and Kim the lamb and I had the beef. With it all we got rice, vegetables and our own choice of soup:
It was rather interesting, since we didn't know what all the vegetables and extra things we got served were... but quite tasty. I've always enjoyed food you have to cook yourself, it keeps you busy and doesn't fill you up so quickly! It makes for an interesting lunch!
The best thing with the meal though I must say, were these absolutely divine passionfruit drinks, served in these cute (wine?) bottles! Yum, yum, yum!
Lunch was alright, but, I don't think I'll go back. I like trying new things and will give most things a chance, but I quickly find my favourites - and it's hard to beat sushi!