(Manila) – After doing my last minute shopping in Robinson's Galleria with my “Ating” (my eldest sister), we called in the rest of the gang, her husband, my husband and my youngest sister to have dinner for the last time before I head back to Singapore. I got a bit shocked as for the first time, Ating wanted us to have shabu-shabu for dinner! She said she wanted to try out something healthy this time, to get me away from my favorite fried food from Kentucky Fried Chicken and Jollibee (lotsa calories but very yummy!) I didn't know that we had shabu-shabu in Manila. Off we went, straight to a restaurant called Healthy Shabu-Shabu.
Shabu-shabu is a Japanese meal where you have to cook your own food by boiling the ingredients in a hotpot – thus healthier than fried! In “Healthy Shabu Shabu”, we had individual stove tops, unlike the one I tried in Singapore where you had to share one huge hotpot. I must say it is a fun experience as eve
ryone is so busy to cook their own food and you can put whatever ingredients you want in your own hotpot. We chose the vegetable plate and the seafood deluxe to share. The vegetable plate comes with lettuce, cabbage, carrots, corn, crabsticks, tofu, yam, tomato, mushrooms, squid balls, fish balls and noodles (clear and egg noodles). The seafood deluxe has prawns, oysters, fish fillet, squid and scallops.
We all enjoyed our dinner except my youngest sister as she does not like seeing her food raw prior to consumption! I must say that I find this restaurant a bit pricey though as it costs around SGD120 for 5 people a-la-carte, while in Singapore, I can have a shabu-shabu buffet at SGD18 per head only (do the math, it's only SGD90 unlimited for 5 pax). Nevertheless, we all had our fill and everyone is satisfied.
Restaurant: Healthy Shabu Shabu
Location: Robinson's Galleria, Ortigas Metro Manila