Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Koji's Sushi & Shabu Shabu (Hollywood, CA)

Shabu Shabu is Japanese hot pot. Where you get served raw meat and you cook it in a hot pot of broth. Whatever kind of meat you order (beef, chicken, fish) it comes with veggies too. Just dump all the veggies as soon as you get them. Don't dump all the meat in. Cook those pieces individually and eat it right away. It only takes like 30 seconds for the beef to cook.

I had the around the world platter, which came with ribeye, chicken, shrimp, and salmon. Instead of the traditional shabu shabu broth, I went with the sukiyaki (tastes like a sweet teriyaki sauce. I felt the need for extra soy this day). The meat and veggies were all good. For an appetizer I had the yellowtail collar and miso cod wrapped in zucchini and sprinkled with goat cheese. The yellowtail collar was cooked and very moist. It was a little plain, but the dipping sauce that it came with helped a lot. I didn't care for the miso cod. There was too much zucchini and it overpowered the fish.

Miso Cod wrapped in Zuccini
Yellowtail Collar

I've never had a bad experience at a shabu shabu restaurant before and don't think I ever will. Other than the quality of the beef, its pretty hard to mess it up. The service was a little slow, but I was really hungry so it just could have been me. I will probably be back to get my quick soy fix.

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