Whether you are a hot pot pro or a hot mess when it comes to eating shabu-shabu, there really is no wrong way to enjoy it.
That being said, If you want to learn how to eat like a pro, take these tips from our owner Reid to help you cook your meats and vegetables to perfection.
Reid’s Hot Pot Tips
Pick the perfect broth for you - Like it savory or spicy? Sweet or salty? No matter what you’re craving Rokaru has more than a dozen homemade broths to choose from. If you can’t decide on just one, try a split pot so you can can dip into two different flavors. Check out our broth flavors here.
Cook your vegetables first- Vegetables take longer to cook than meat, so put them in your hot pot first. Harder vegetables like carrots will take longer to cook, while leafy vegetables tend to cook more quickly. They take about 3 minutes to get soft, while your meats can take 30- 60 seconds to cook.
Cook your meats - Don’t just place them in the hot pot. Swish them lightly around in the broth until they are cooked and remove them immediately. Cook only enough meat at a time for one or two bites, rather than trying to cook everything at once. Enjoy them with your favorite sauce and your starch. Starches include rice, multi-grain rice, Udon and noodles.
Don’t Overcook! - Shabu-shabu should be enjoyed with the ingredients cooked over the course of the meal. Adding too many items to the hot pot at once can lower the temperature of the boiling broth and interrupt cooking.
Enjoy! Eat the perfectly cooked meat and vegetables dipped in sauce, or eat them together with rice. Rokaru Shabu Shabu offers white rice, multi-grain rice, udon noodles and ramen noodles.
Get your shabu-shabu fix at Rokaru Shabu Shabu located in the Pearl City Gateway Shopping Center next to David's Bridal.