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What / Where I Ate in Cebu City, Philippines - SHABU-WAY HOT POT CUISINE

Shabu-Way Hot Pot Cuisine is a fusion restaurant - a mix of  Korean, Japanese, Asian dishes in one dining place.

I'll be giving a bit info here on the two concepts that this restaurant offers, via wikipedia:

What is SHABU-SHABU? Where it originated?

Shabu-shabu (also spelled syabu-syabu) is a Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water.[1] The term is onomatopoeia, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot and served with dipping sauces.[citation needed] The food is cooked piece by piece by the diner at the table. Shabu-shabu is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki.
Shabu-Shabu was introduced in Japan in the 20th century with the opening of the restaurant "Suehiro"[2] in Osaka, where the name was invented. Its origins are traced back to the Chinese hot pot known as instant-boiled mutton (Shuàn Yángròu). Shabu-Shabu is most similar to the original Chinese version when compared to other Japanese dishes (nabemono) such as sukiyaki.[2][citation needed] Suehiro registered the name as a trademark in 1955. Together with sukiyaki, Shabu-Shabu is a common dish in tourist hot-spots, especially in Tokyo, but also in local Japanese neighborhoods (colloquially called "Little Tokyos") in countries such as the United States and Canada.

What is HOT POT?  Where it originated?

Hot pot (also known as steamboat in IndonesiaSingaporeMalaysiaThailandKorea, China, Taiwan, and Brunei) refers to several East Asian varieties of food, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meatleaf vegetablesmushroomswontons, egg dumplingstofu, and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce

The Chinese hot pot has a history of more than 1,000 years.[1] Hot pot seems to have originated in Mongolia and the Jin Dynasty where the main ingredient was meat, usually beef, mutton or horse. It then spread to southern China during the Song Dynasty and was further established during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty.[1] In time, regional variations developed with different ingredients such as seafood. By the Qing Dynasty (AD 1644 to 1912), the hot pot became popular throughout most of China. Today in many modern homes, particularly in larger cities, the traditional coal or wood-heated steamboat or hot pot has been replaced by other fuel sources like electricitypropanebutane gas, or induction cooker versions.

Below are photos of the foods that we ordered for our lunch at Shabu-Way:

Ala Carte: GYOZA - Taste is typical gyoza, but sizes are very cute and price is quite acceptable as to the number of pieces on the platter.

Ala Carte: CRISPY SQUID - food taste is delish; cost is quite pricey than the serving size.

For the Shabu-Shabu / Hot Pot experience, we ordered the following:

1.) SHABU-WAY VEGGIE PLATTER, pictured above 
The platter is a potpourri of fresh vegetables with udon and vermicelli noodles plus assortment of soup balls, e.g. squid ball, crab balls, fish balls, etc.

2.) MONSTER MEAT SET - pictured right side below and with the sauces on the left

Photo sizes are intentionally reduced since they are quite blurry when blown-up.  The above raw ingredients (condiments, herbs, beef slices) were part of the hot-pot dish that we were to prepare for ourselves and eat afterwards.

The cooked hot-pot dish, ready for serving and sharing!

Our family seemed to enjoy the whole new dining experience, especially my mom and dad who loves vegetables and noodles.  It was my first time though to have shared a meal like this with them.  

My choice of drink was their RIPE MANGO SHAKE.

My Ratings:
Restaurant Concept = 9 of 10 
( shabu-shabu / hot pot cuisine)
Menu Options = 8 of 10
Food Serving Size = 8 of 10
Set Concept = 9 of 10
Overall Food Taste = 8 of 10
 Lay-Out and Interior Designing = 8 of 10
Size of Restaurant = 8 of 10
Restaurant Lighting = 8 of 10 
(natural lighting was highly available through the glass walls) 
Ambiance = 9 of 10 
Services of Staff = 9 of 10 
Money Value = 8 of 10 

OVERALL RATING = 83.63% Recommended  

Shabu-Way Hot Pot Cuisine is located at the Second Floor, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

Photos taken using a Canon digital camera (old model)

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