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Shabu shabu, the frog pond and stuff

March 21st, 2006 (01:56 am)

current mood: blah

Tonight was shabu shabu night! Yay, yum, and oh God I can't move... >_<; *laughs* Shabu shabu, to me, is one of the ultimate single pot, cold weather meals. Utterly simple, nice and tasty, and generally quite healthy too... provided you don't stuff yourself silly like I did. :P

The easiest way to make this is to use store bought sauces. I'll see if I can't find a ponzu recipe for it later, but really the simplest is to hunt down some ponzu and goma (sesame) sauces meant for the dish. We always use:

ごましゃぶ (goma-shabu - sesame sauce for shabu shabu; typical used for dipping meat)
ぽんしゃぶ (pon-shabu - ponzu sauce for the same; typically used for the non-meat items)

This dish is meant to be eaten as things cook so have a set of chopsticks / utensils for the pot (free for all) and a separate set for eating. Likewise, because of the nature of the dish, food items are constantly being added to the pot as well.

- large piece of dashi-konbu (dried kelp)
- finely sliced meat (beef or pork) or meat meant for sukiyaki (<1mm thickness); can be omitted for vegetarians

Any or all of (you can also add others):
- suey choy
- bok choy
- button mushrooms
- shiitake
- enoki mushrooms
- mochi
- tofu
- konnyaku
- onions
- green onions
- udon noodles

Wash veggies and cut into munchable size pieces. (~1" x 2" for the cabbage is a good size; smaller for other veggies but not too small or they'll be difficult to grab).
Use a firmer tofu if adding tofu.
If using slab style konnyaku, slice it into ~1/2cm thick pieces. Noodle style can be added straight after being rinsed.

Set two sauce bowls per person with the sauces and a bowl for grabbing food.

Bring a large stock pot of water and dashi konbu to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add longer cooktime veggies and some meat. Then add fast cooking veggies. Basically take food from the pot as they're cooked, dip and eat. Serve with rice if not adding udon later on.

If adding meat, skim the pot as necessary.
If mochi is added I usually slice the mochi (pre-made squares) in half as they puff up quite a bit when cooked. They float to the top of the pot when ready.

If adding udon to the pot, this is done at the end. While the udon is heating / cooking, add a small amount of ponzu to the bowl. When the noodles are ready, add some of the shabu shabu stock to make a soup and add salt and pepper to taste, then add noodles and enjoy.

The stock can be used later for other dishes or soups.

Very much a simple and basic dish. :P Unfortunately, I think with that, we're out of most of the food stuffs for oriental / Japanese / seafood cooking from the trip to the oriental foodstore. *sigh*

Otherwise, I made good progress on the Charlotte's web for the most part tonight until towards the end when I discovered I'd forgotten to reverse the pattern for two rows. >_<;; So I spent the last 1+ hours frogging 3 rows and will frog the last half row tomorrow before continuing on. I have about 2.5 repeats left to go but am thinking about doing 1 or 2 extra repeats to make it larger. Not sure since it's supposed to stretch quite a bit in blocking. The really sad thing is that there are some comments that there's an error in the pattern while others seem to suggest it's okay as written. I have no idea (I can't see the pattern that well through the variegation in colour) so I figure I'll find out how it looks a la pattern when I finish. Sadly though, my mind said "problem" when I first read the pattern. But that's the visual/graphic side of me talking (which is something I'm decidedly *not* good at). ^^;

My order from Blackberry Ridge (aka my gold medal) finally arrived today! ^___^ Their mer-made yarn from what little I've handled it is really nice and I'm looking forward to working with it. The colours I'd chosen seem to be okay as complimentary colours for the Spice Caravan Robe so now it's a matter of finishing off a couple of projects before I get to start that one. >_<;; I'm really wanting to finish off Charlotte's Web and probably the Diamond Fantasy KAL scarf ASAP so I can start swatching and cast-on. The Lotus Blossom shawl IIRC, is barely moving towards the end of the first chart. Shall see if it can be photographed at that point. ^^; I'm doing the Lotus Blossom shawl using Handpainted's burgundy lace weight yarn and am having fun with it (now that it's on some regular bamboo needles rather than the ebony DPNs...). I get the feeling MS3 is seriously stalled at the moment. ^^;

There's one problem with having so many projects on the go though. Yesterday, I found myself starting to work on a project only to get confused since what should've been on the needles wasn't what I was seeing, and I couldn't follow the pattern as written... It only took me 5 minutes plus undoing ~7 stitches to realise that I was looking at the pattern for one project while holding a completely different project. >_<; That was bad. I then had to re-tink and redo what I'd pseudo-corrected. ^^;

Anyhoo, bedtime. I've got some new patterns for bedtime reading and to decide on my next project... preferably for after the planned ones get done. ^^; Seriously though, I'd love to do the Rosy Fingered Dawn depending on what it calls for (and how difficult it is). The Aurora colourway by Furryarns (handpainted Zephyr) possibly combined with their... Night Sky? might make for a really interesting shawl. ^___^


Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: March 21st, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
Mogeta <3 (sleepdebtfairy)

You're like, crazy serious with the knitting! *envy* I've been teaching myself continental, and can't knit a lot because the new movements are hurting joints. >_<

I'm sorry, but I giggled a little at your misfortunes. Not meanly, but "yeah, I can see me doing that, too". ^_^

(BTW, I got the package. *dances* I will send you the other stuff along with the tea. ^_^)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)

A little too much methinks. I tend to be a bit(? lot?) obsessive when I first get into something. It should settle down soon... I think. ^^;;

You're trying to learn another knitting way to knit?! :o Good luck with it!

I'm sorry, but I giggled a little at your misfortunes. Not meanly, but "yeah, I can see me doing that, too". ^_^


(Yay! Glad to hear it arrived safely. ^_^)

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: March 21st, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Hatori and Mayuko (meliachu)

You torture me with these food posts, I hope you know...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)


Erm... if you were so inclined, could you find Japanese soy sauce, sake (rice wine), sweet rice wine (mirin - can be omitted if not possible), and J rice where you are? You can do a lot of J cooking with those if you're interested... ^^;

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: March 22nd, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
NANA -- Nana K & Takumi (colorfilter)

I dunno. I mean, we had a Japanese Food Market here, but they're not there anymore (of course), so I don't know if it's stuff I could actually find or not... As I mentioned before, I live in a cultural Death Valley, so specialty items are difficult to come by.

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