Crazy over shabu-shabu

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Sunday, February 23, 2014


THIS wasn’t my first time there, in the same way that it wasn’t my first time in Cebu. Except that, I didn’t write about it the first time because I arrived when the food was somewhere between cooking and being consumed.

I have a confession to make: I am a shabu-shabu addict.

Make that, I was a shabu-shabu addict when there was this Taiwanese restaurant across SM City in Ecoland that served the very best shabu-shabu in town. It closed down soon after, leaving us, the shabu-shabu freaks with nothing to indulge in except when we gather enough courage to ask fellow shabu-shabu addict Mabelle L. to pretty please cook for us before we pass out from extreme withdrawal syndrome. Mabelle L. says she loves doing it, I’m just not comfortable with begging for food. Hehe.

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Out there in Cebu resides another shabu-shabu addict by the name of Ganzo, and no trip to Cebu is complete without bumping into her, and so we did. Bump and eat shabu-shabu that is.

At Shabu Way in The Terraces of Ayala Center. Just the two of us.
We got the seafood supreme with additional lobster balls and scallops and vegetables.

Ganzo insisted we add one more order amid my protest that the shabu-shabu we ordered is already more than enough for two.

I even sought out the waitress’ opinion, and she gave that knowing smile in reply, as if saying, wait till you see what you have ordered…
Still, Ganzo won, we got gyoza.

What followed was an hour of eating… a seemingly endless dinner.
Still, we were happy in the only way shabu-shabu with lots of sate sauce with condiments and spices can ever make an addict happy.
But yes, I was right. The shabu-shabu itself was more than enough for two ladies to gobble and slurp on. Having a serving of gyoza made it even more than more than enough.

Burp!
I’m still wishing for that Taiwanese family to open their shabu-shabu restaurant again here in town.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 23, 2014.

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