I was once told that Koreans love to eat soup during the summer. To cool down. Fight heat with heat. Whatever. So even though this soup place opened just as summer is starting (this past Saturday, to be exact), I’m sure it’s gonna have a following. So here I am. It’s 90 degrees outside. And I’m eating shabu shabu. This place is a Korean version of the ubiquitous Chinese hot pot. What’s the difference, you ask? It’s all in the broth. Japanese shabu shabu uses a dashi broth (stock made with kelp). Korean versions usually use kimchi, chili powder and chili paste. Chinese use plain meat or seafood stock.
This place is more like a Chinese mini hot pot joint. That means, you don’t get to share. You get your own mini pot of broth (they have various kinds) and a plate of veggies. You pick your meat. You let the stock boil then you cook your veggies and choice of meat to your liking. You dip them in your choice of sauce (they have a sauce station). Then you eat. Simple!
Go for lunch when prices are half price and start at $9.99. Dinner prices start at $12.99. As with all shabu shabu places, the key is in the sauce. And while you can concoct whatever potion you like, ask for them to make you the spicy ponzu sauce. So, so good. Everything else is pretty standard — thin slices of beef, pork, and chicken. Substantial seafood consist of fish slices, clams, squid, fish balls, and shrimp. Veggies and accompaniments are the usual suspects: napa cabbage, Korean broccoli, corn, a piece of mushroom, enoki mushroom, fish cake, slice of squash, tofu, and an egg. And if you’ve been frustrated by most ethnic places’ lack of service, fear not, they have the best one anywhere — attentive yet never intrusive.
Now go cool down this Atlanta heat with soup.
*Postscript: Took my mom and my sister here last night and they absolutely loved it. This is now our favorite hot pot spot in town. The food? They use nothing but top notch ingredients. The space? Fun and contemporary.
Located next to Hansel & Gretel Bakery. Grand opening today!
Shabu n Shabu
2605 Pleasant Hill Rd
Duluth, GA 30096