Asian Food · Soups







  • 400 g thinly sliced beef or pork
  • 1 block tofu
  • 200 g napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage)
  • 1 long green onion or leek
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms
  • 10 cm. dried sea tangle
  • 1000 ml water
  • You can also add your favorite ingredients (e.g., carrot, mushroom, konnyaku, cooked thick white noodles (udon), instant noodles).


Step 1:
Cut the tofu block in half lengthwise, then cut each half across 3 times. Finally, place the knife halfway down the side of the block and slice across to form 16 bite-size pieces.

Step 2:
Cut the napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage) into bite–sized pieces.

Step 3:
Slice the green onion (or leek) diagonally into 5 cm. pieces.

Step 4:
Wipe shiitake mushrooms with a wet paper towel. Cut off the stems.

Step 5:
Arrange the meat, tofu, vegetables and shiitake mushrooms attractively in separate rows on one or more shabu-shabu.

Pour one of the dipping sauces described below into individual serving bowls. The simmered meat and vegetables are dipped into the sauce.

Cooking Note:
The cooking method used in the shabu-shabu dish takes extra fat off the meat to make it healthier.

Dipping Sauces

We prepared two types of dipping sauce for shabu-shabu. One is a ponzu soy sauce. The other is a sesame sauce. Both are commonly used in Japan and can be bought at Japanese food stores.

Ponzu Soy Sauce Ingredients:

  • 160 ml soy sauce
  • 120 ml rice vinegar or freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice (or yuzu juice)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


Step 1:
Mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar (lemon or yuzu juice) and sugar.

Step 2:
Pour into separate serving dishes.

Sesame sauce Ingredients:

  • 120 ml sesame paste
  • 80 ml soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar or freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice (or yuzu juice)
  • 80 ml bonito soup stock or water


Step 1:
Mix the sesame paste, soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar (lemon or yuzu juice) and bonito soup stock (or water).

Step 2:
Pour into separate serving dishes.

Happy cooking and enjoy!

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