It’s January which means that summer is still a good five months away. Boo for the old tan and venturing out in t-shirts and shorts, but hurrah for continuing with comfort foods and warming meals! Not that it makes much of a difference anyway, as I’d happily nom them all down, regardless of the weather.
Yoshi Sushi has long been a favoured haunt of mine for sushi and Japanese food, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that Momma Lee & I actually tried some of their other fare. Y’see, they also do some Korean food, and, more importantly, they do an awesome Shabu-Shabu.
Shabu-Shabu, also known as “steamboat” consists of a giant pot of broth filled with noodles, vegetables (usually Chinese cabbage) and various delicious bits and bobs, and a side platter of raw meat, usually thinly-sliced beef, which you then cook in the hot broth and eat with a variety of dipping sauces. I like soy and sesame sauce, which, luckily for me, is exactly what Yoshi Sushi provided me with.
Shabu-Shabu is the ultimate indulgence for cold weather. I honestly can think of nothing better when the temperature drops than a gorgeous steamy bowl of broth and thinly-sliced, slightly pink, beautifully marbled beef, served alongside chewy noodles and beautifully flavoured stock-infused vegetables. It’s also a great party/family dish, as you can plonk it in the middle of the table with a variety of sauces and get everybody to cook their own. Just make sure there’s plenty of beef, because that’s the first to go! Momma Lee does a mean Shabu-Shabu and I have incredibly fond memories of eating it in the conservatory of our old house, the steam from the hot broth in the electric wok fogging up the windows like a car’s on date night.
Equally, it’s hard to find somewhere in London that does a good Shabu-Shabu, but Yoshi Sushi’s is pretty damn good. Not as good as Momma Lee’s, but I am biased. My only complaint? Not enough beef. But I had this all to myself when I think people normally share, so it’s not that much of a complaint because I was so stuffed afterwards. But in an awesome way.
Momma Lee had their bibimbap which, she informs me, was delicious. I’m not much of a bibimbap kinda gal, but it definitely looked awesome. Lookit those colours!
So, if you have nobody to cuddle up to at night never fear, because there’s a steamy affair with some Shabu-Shabu here and available for you. And if it’s a little too much for you to handle the rest of their Japanese fare is completely awesome, so worth a visit regardless!
210 King Street
London W6 0RA
0208 748 5058
Mon-Sat: 12-3pm, 6-11pm
I’ll be travelling tomorrow evening, which means I’m seeing most of you very soon! GREAT EXCITE! To keep you going until you hear from me next (which will likely be in Hong Kong), I did a guest post for the fabulous and lovely Milla at Not Just Another Milla all about, er, me, and with a tasty wee recipe, which you can read here, so go on, pop by and send her some love! Until next time, peace and love!