My eldest sister miraculously managed to secure over S$200 worth of vouchers for the Teo family to partake in a good meal at Shabu No Koya a few weeks ago.
Soup based food items are always welcome in our family as we believe that drinking soup is healthier, appears to reduce our food intake and hence, would hopefully result in some weight loss!
As the name suggests, Shabu No Koya serves shabu shabu which is essentially steamboat featuring thin slices of meat.
With two electrical stoves on our table, we decided to split and have one shabu shabu set (US Kurobota Pork Collar) and one US ribeye sukiyaki set.
The above is the round bar counter where the premium beef and pork are freshly sliced, in order to lock the nutrients, before serving them to the customers.
Let's start with the little appetisers - ordered for the sake of the bulldog-cheek baby who could only stomach soft food that requires as minimal chewing as possible.
Chef's Potato Salad
Not too bad yet not exceptional either. The best i have so far came from the hands of Mr Kon; his version was painstakingly made from scratch and was simply a pleasure to have.
Homemade Tamago Tofu
Tamago means egg in Japanese. They were lightly toasted and tasted a notch better than the egg tofu we can purchase from the supermarket.
US Kurobuta Shabu Shabu
Our pork bone broth (additional charge of S$3) served in a fire-safe paper. Five types are available with varying charges; original (free), dashi (S$1), spicy miso (S$3), chicken broth (S$1) and of course, pork bone (S$3).
Mom, ever the fish person, added an extra plate of fresh looking salmon.
Thinly sliced US Kurobuta Pork Collar!
This set belongs to the pork gang; mom and younger sister and i only took a few sips to conclude i didn't enjoy the taste. I am very sensitive to the raw porky taste and find it to be a major turnoff especially in steamboat.
US Ribeye Sukiyaki
Sukiyaki is similar to shabu shabu although the broth used is clearer, tastes sweeter and usually drank by the diners sparingly. Dad drank big mouthfuls of them and complained extensively after the dinner!
My recommendation is to add one or two spoonfuls to your plain rice as a flavouring.
Like the shabu shabu set, you also get a basket of vegetables, mushrooms and tofu to add to the soup.
Without a doubt, two small baskets were insufficient for the five of us (exclude the baby). Extra ala-carte orders were necessary to fill out stomachs (with particular emphasis on the pig sister)!
Thin slices of US ribeye!
They were awesome! The moment i put it in my mouth after a few seconds of swirling in the boiling broth, i could literally feel the sweet juices enveloping the taste buds!
Guaranteed not enough - two additional servings were requested!
To be honest, i have to make some comparison to the Chinese style steamboats along Liang Seah street, which also include good quality thinly sliced meat in their buffet menu and feature a more extensive variety of soup base.
Given their average rate of not more than S$25 per pax for a buffet steamboat (unlimited serving of meat), the scrooge in me would have to throw his lot with the steamboat restaurants in Liang Seah street.
177, River Valley Road,
#B1-03/05, Liang Court
As above. A standard (original broth) kurobuta pork shabu shabu for dinner would set us back by S$27 while a standard US ribeye sukiyaki costs S$28. Subject to GST and Service Charge.