샤부 or “샤브”) is a very popular
three-course Korean dish (that they got from Japan, who got it from China, who
got it from Mongolia. Who knows how many spin-offs and iterations exist now.)
and restaurants can be found all over Korea. We went to Chae Sun Dang in Yulha to get some shabu-shabu for lunch.
They had two versions of the menu, one was huge with giant pictures of everything that they had, and another that was on the table which was smaller and easier to take a picture of. The information was the same on both menus and we were happy to see lunch time discounts in place.I went ahead and translated it for you to
check out. Keep in mind that prices are per person.
We ordered the
Spicy Mushroom Shab for three people.
You can see
our bounty. How this works is, you have a broth (ours was spicy) that you add
whatever it is you ordered (beef, vegetables, and mushrooms in our case) to
make your own DIY soup dish. You can use your chopsticks to dip the meat pieces
into the broth individually like fondue or just dump a bunch in and pick it out
and eat it. Don’t forget to eat it with some vegetables too! And use your
dipping sauces! One dip was a wasabi soy sauce and the other was a spicy sweet
chili sauce. We went ahead and just dumped everything in together except for
some vegetables that we saved for Round 2.
This is a communal thing so don't be afraid to dive right in.
Once the meat
is gone you want to add whatever vegetables you have left with the fresh
noodles to get ready for the second course. The broth will have taken on a nicer
fuller flavor from the meat and vegetables that were cooked in it before and
the flour from the noodles will serve to thicken it up even as the noodles
absorb it. After a few minutes you’ll find that your broth has transformed into
a delicious noodle soup.
But wait, there’s more! After you have finished the noodles you add rice and an
egg to the little super delicious concentrated soup that remains to create a
kind of porridge (죽) (if you use a lot of soup) or fried rice (if you
use very little soup).
At this point
in time you should be stuffed to capacity and getting up to pay your bill,
which was 27,000 won for us. Wow, for a meal like that for three people it’s
hard to beat that price!
Final Review: 4/5 Chae Sun Dang has some of the best Shabu Shabu that I've had yet.