Shabu-shabu was introduced in Japan in the 20th century with the opening of the restaurant “Suehiro” in Osaka, where the name was invented. Its origins are traced back to the Chinese hot pot known as instant-boiled mutton. Shabu-shabu is most similar to the original Chinese version when compared to other Japanese dishes such as sukiyaki.
Most often, ribeye steak is used, but less tender cuts, such as top sirloin, are also common. A more expensive meat, such as wagyū, may also be used. It is usually served with tofu and vegetables, including Chinese cabbage, chrysanthemum leaves, nori, onions, carrots and shiitake mushrooms. In some places, udon and other noodles may also be served. Continue reading →
The Uptown community is about to be taken on a one-of-a-kind culinary and mixology journey across Asia when Anju opens its doors this spring.
Anju – a new elevated Asian street food concept – is the brainchild of One Esca Owner Michael Kim and Chef Don Flores. One Esca purchased City Council Bar in December 2019 and is in the process of renovating the interior and exterior, bringing Kim and Flores’ vision of Anju’s unique, affordable Asian dining experience to life.
Last evening at the fairly new Imotolocated in Victory Park the team from Community Beer Companydescended with an armload of some of their very best concoctions to pair up with chef Jennifer Newbold and chef Stephen McHugh and tag-teamed one seriously marvelous beer dinner. Dining with Community owner Kevin Carr, wife Andi and crew which included Ashley Kelly who landmarks sales in the DFW area. Both Kelly and Carr led the evening with interesting stories surrounding their beer (did you know the moscaid hop used in their IPA is the HBC369 and the brewery must procure the sought after hop two years in advance?). The evening was as tasty as it was of great interest to the company assembled. Continue reading →
Hot Joy has been an outrageous late night mainstay in San Antonio’s King William District since 2014. There is a no holds bar attitude when it comes to a variety of ramen and wings and the mastermind behind the restaurant is owner Chad Carey who describes the menu as “a wild mash-up of China, Texas, Vietnam, Japan, Louisiana, Thailand, Mexico, Malaysia and anything else that lights up our brain.”
We drove through Chinatown in Richardson this week in search of something particular, but the restaurant we were looking for was a mob scene. So we carefully summoned past memories of all the many choices of restaurants in the plaza and decided on Caravelle which has a focus on Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.
You can certainly find a worthy bowl of pho on the menu, but was looking for something a bit different. For a soup we ordered a combination hot pot which would encompass many of the seafood items they offer, but we were being waited on by the most entertaining Mary, who is also a manager at the restaurant, and she directed us to the catfish hot pot. She said it was much more authentic, and we are a sucker for that phrase. Continue reading →