Shabu shabu, japanese food

Shabu Shabu Hawaii Honolulu


If you like  healthy cooking with very fresh meat and vegetables then Japanese Shabu Shabu may be for you.

The great thing about Shabu Shabu there is no oil or cooking in grease. So the calories you consume are not the usual high cholesterol or other artery clogging foods. The high quality meat is thinly sliced and the vegetables range from mushrooms of various sizes , shapes and varieties to broccoli. This is placed in boiling water more or less like a Japanese hot pot.

Check back soon as we review all the Shabu Shabu Places to east in Honolulu Hawaii.

If your like us you will want try most of them and we agree. Each one has its own distinct style and flavors. Not all are owned by Japanese , some are owned by Koreans and Chinese. This is a very good aspect as some of the cultures of each make their way into the flavors and ambiance.

Of course this style of hot pot was first developed in Japan in the 20th century. Yet its roots go further back to the Chinese with  Chinese hot pot known as instant-boiled mutton (Shuàn Yángròu). So it should be no surprise that Chinese also own some Shabu Shabu places in Honolulu Hawaii.

History of Shabu Shabu

The wilkepedia notes that a Japanese man by the name of Suehiro registered the name as a trademark in 1955. Yet many restaurants across the land use that trademarked name across the land so its common use now.

Once this was done shabu shabu spread across to other countries with Japanese immigrants. This has indeed become a honolulu favorite here in Hawaii with its large Japanese descendants.


History of sukiyaki is also interesting. An early Japanese lower royalty was visting a town of people of less means. This peasant did not have the proper utensils for the royal and he decided to make something up on the spot.So he cleaned his spade (Japanese =Suki) and cooked his meat on it for the royal guest.
The Japanese word for meat is Yaki thus Sukiyaki was born.

The first sukiyaki restaurant, Isekuma, opened in Yokohama in 1862. They cooked primarily with beef and developed some raw egg to accompany it. That is the way its is traditionally served today. Noodles and tofu were added and a broth to make it even tastier.


The menu for shabu shabu dining will vary depending on the location. Here is Hawaii there are various types of items served and various prices.

  • Meats of all types beef or pork
  • Cabbages
  • tofu
  • Edamame
  • Jelly Fish Salad
  • Seaweed Salad
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Fried Octopus
  • Mixed Tempura
  • Shrimp Tempura
  • Vegetable Tempura
  • Chicken Wing
  • Shumai
  • Gyoza
  • This is just name a few. Here in Honolulu Hawaii we find all types of variations from Korean style to Chinese and of course traditional Japanese Shabu Shabu restaurants.