Shabu Shabu House in Park City is one of my favorite ways to warm up after a day of skiing. The idea of Shabu Shabu is that diners swish small pieces of meat, seafood and vegetables around in seasoned, boiling broth to cook them quickly. Different Asian ethnic groups have their own Shabu Shabu or "hot pot" traditions, so there are Mongolian
, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and other versions of the dish.
At Shabu Shabu House in Park City and Orem, everyone at the table has a small electric burner and a pot of water seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, onion, sesame oil and hot sauce, which are added to the broth according to your individual preference. Shabu Shabu choices include Kobe beef, sirloin, pork, shrimp, crab or chicken. These are presented with tofu, enoki mushrooms
, carrots, cabbage and other vegetables, plus a soy-based dipping sauce, a peanut dipping sauce, and a bowl of rice. Udon noodles are saved for last so you can eat them with the soup. The staff will give you advice on how to cook your food and season it with the various condiments.
Shabu Shabu is a simple concept with simple ingredients and clean flavors. A lot of the flavor comes from the soy, garlic, onion, sesame oil and hot sauce, which make a nice combination, especially with the peanut dipping sauce. My favorite dish at Shabu Shabu House is the Kobe beef; the other meats I've tried were more bland. The plates of meat, vegetables and noodles are large - by the time you combine it with the rice and broth it's a lot of food. If you're not very hungry you can split an order and maybe combine it with an order of sushi.
I've been to Shabu Shabu house several times - for a date night, family dinner, or girls' night out after shopping at the nearby Tanger Outlets. It's up to you whether you think it's fun or ridiculous to have everyone at the table cook and season their own food - I enjoy the interactive experience. The staff are generally friendly and helpful, and the place has a casual vibe. The TV near the bar usually has a game on, and the staff will chat with you if you sit at the bar, or leave you alone if you're with friends at one of the private tables. I would like the restaurant better if it was a little cleaner, although I'll concede that it's hard to keep floors clean in snowy Park City.
Park City location:
1612 W. Ute Blvd #106
Monday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
73 S State St.
Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday: 3-10 p.m.