Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu Bacolod
At Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu. The briskly boiling broth. The flavors of meat, vegetables, and meat balls. The fresh seafood. The aromatic spices.
When combined, all the things mentioned above give you a very comforting meal being cooked right in front of you. Add to that the fun of fishing out your meal from the cooking hot pot in front of you…aahhhh…glorious shabu-shabu.
All these are what draws my husband and I to a shabu shabu meal. However, we don’t do it often because if it’s just the two of us, it would be too much to order all the things that we would like to eat. Also it would be too expensive to have them all. Instead, it would be nice to share a meal with a group of four or more people because you get to appreciate many ingredients.
Last time, we went there with our friends Victory Silay Pastor Jason Ferrer, his wife Raygee, daughter Yanna, along with our own daughters.
If you haven’t tried a shabu shabu meal before, it goes like this.
Dining Shabu Shabu Style at Red House
1. When you go to Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu restaurant, first you will be seated on a table that is for at least four people. There will be a burner in front of you and a cooking pot. They will put broth there with seasonings and some basic ingredients. They will let it come to a boil. If you need more broth at any point in your meal, don’t hesitate to ask. This basic cooking set up costs P50 and will be added to you bill.
2. From a menu, you get to choose the ingredients that you want to put there. Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu has different kinds of beef, pork, and chicken or parts. There are different balls, too — fish balls, meat balls, squid balls, cuttlefish, crab cakes, and many more. Then there would be aromatic vegetables, mushrooms, corn, greens, and the like. There’s tofu and many kinds of noodles, too. And of course, seafood.
3. Make your sauce. There’s a condiment station in the middle of Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu where you will find oil, chilis, soy, garlic, sugar, and the like. Make your own dipping sauce according to taste. This is where you dip the solids from the soup before you eat them.
4. The ingredients that you choose will then be served to you in separate plates. Drop the ingredients one by the one, just like when you are cooking at home. Be careful when dropping the ingredients. Always supervise kids–you can easily get scalded because of the boiling broth. Place the tough ones first, like the corn and the balls (to make sure that they are cooked through). Bring to a boil.
5. Next up would be the meats. Bring to a boil. Lastly, place the seafood and vegetables and simmer for about 3 minutes. If you want to have a longer eating time, you may want to place the ingredients one at a time, dropping them into the broth a few pieces at a time and then fishing them out when you are ready to eat them.
6. The broth of your shabu-shabu will become more flavorful. Scoop out the broth and with some of the ingredients that you like in a bowl. Sip the broth and your tummy will be instantly warmed and comforted. Eat the ingredients with your rice, dipping them in the sauce before you do so.
There is some action going on while dining at Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu here in Bacolod that it is actually fun. Everyone can get involved, too. But I know that the more senior of your group would rather be served, so you can do the cooking and serving.
After a hearty meal, you will each be given coffee jelly for dessert and it’s on the house.
Large Drinks for Sharing
One of the things that would make you think that shabu shabu is the best meal for big groups is the available of big soft drink sizes. I think what we ordered was either 1.5L or 2L (sorry I forgot) of Coke so that we can share it. So when you get a hankering for shabu shabu, visit Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu and bring your family or friends with you.
Red House Taiwan Shabu Shabu
Corner Lacson San Sebastian Street,
Bacolod City 6100, Negros Occidental
Open daily, 10:30am-2:00pm; 5:30pm-10:00pm
Tel. No. (034) 4321588
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