Korean Shabu-Shabu

One of my favorite food is Korean shabu-shabu. Our favorite place to have it is a famous chain-brand called “Chae-seon-dang” (Hangeul: 채선당). We used to go to their branch at Dongmyo Station (subway line 6) when we were still living in Changsin-dong.

Korean shabu-shabu is a three course-meal. The restaurant offers “beef shabu-shabu” (쇠고기) and “seafood shabu-shabu” (해물). My husband likes seafood while I prefer beef. The minimum order is for two people. We would just have two orders of beef (9,000 won each) or seafood (11,000 won each). Then we’d order an extra serving of beef for 5,000 won.

The first things that the waitress brings to our table are the side dishes: water kimchi, salad, and two kinds of sauces.

Two kinds of sauces; salad and water kimchi
Two kinds of sauces; salad and water kimchi

Beef shabu-shabu includes cooking thin slices of beef, veggies, dumpling, mushrooms, rice cake, fish cake in a soup (국물). The noodles or kal-guk-su (Hangeul: 갈국수) are cooked after eating the beef and veggies. The last part is the “juk” (Hangeul:쭉) or porridge.

Korean style shabu-shabu
Korean style shabu-shabu

We usually cook the tofu, fish cake, onion, mushroom and veggies first. Then we add the beef. I always eat the beef with the veggies dipped in the orange-colored sauce. I would sometimes consume about half-a-cup of the sauce.

How we cook and eat our shabu-shabu
How we cook and eat our shabu-shabu

After we’re done with the beef, we cook the noodles in the remaining soup. It takes about 4 or 5 minutes. Finally, we add the rice with chopped veggies, kim (seaweed) and egg for a tasty porridge.

Cooking noodles and porridge after consuming the meat
Cooking noodles and porridge after consuming the meat

At this Korean restaurant, you’ll find that the table has a bell so one could easily call the waitress. The order is marked at a menu pad and left on the table. After eating and you’d like some coffee, you can get a cup for free from a coffee machine. Of course, to help you get rid of the aftertaste or to freshen your breath don’t forget to have a piece or two of peppermint candy.

Most Korean restaurants offer free coffee and peppermint candies
Most Korean restaurants offer free coffee and peppermint candies

Korean shabu-shabu is a must try. It’s inexpensive and filling!

14 comments

  1. Ako din..i’ll try this..My favorite shabu shabu here sa Pinas was at Gloria Maris..I like their seafood shabu shabu ‘coz they serve it with crab and shrimp.. i’ll see to it na matry ko din yan next year..

  2. Wow! Looks good!! Shall try it if I ever get a chance to go to kimchi land again!! 😛 emailing you w new orders soon! 😀 and did you got my mail? ^ ^

  3. The food looks Beautiful! Im am trying to persuade the wife to take a trip over next summer.
    We love trying new foods and cultures. Our food is OK in England, just not that adventurous enough for us.

    See you soon! hehehe

    Thank You
    Neale

    1. No, it’s not. My son loves shabu-shabu and we still go to the same branch ~ Dongmyo ~ even though there are two branches nearer to our residence.

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