Monday, June 21, 2010

Going Light and Healthy with Shabu-Shabu at Shin-Sen-Gumi in Gardena

For a light, healthy and delicious meal it's pretty hard to beat shabu-shabu.  You cook it yourself, it's quick and easy, it tastes awesome and it never weighs you down.  Shin-Sen-Gumi in Gardena is a favorite lunch stop for Joel and me, and Friday was feeling like a shabu-shabu day.

One key to Shin-Sen-Gumi is to go at lunchtime.  Ok, dinner there allows you to kick back and have a few Sapporo's or Kirin's with your meal, but going for lunch will generally save you a good amount of cash.  The food is the same, but the dinner portions are a little bigger and far more expensive.  The large beef is my standard order.  A plate of paper thin beef, another plate of cut veggies, udon and tofu, a cup of rice and the standard two dipping sauces and I'm ready to rock 'n roll.  There's bar seating as well as table seating.

Shin-Sen-Gumi is having a special during the month of June.  They are offering their Japanese style hibachi BBQ dishes for $3.00 each Monday through Thursday, 6-9pm.  Also, they offer their shabu-shabu at 50% off for lunch on the 29th of each month.  The Shin-Sen-Gumi Group actually runs a total of ten restaurants, nine in Southern California and one in Tokyo.  Some specialize in ramen, others yakitori or shabu-shabu.

Another thing to consider is shabu-shabu at home.  Again, it's not only delicious and healthy but it's also great date food as you sit together cooking and eating.  We've just finished a new BITE ME! the MAN Cooking Show that features Josh Landis demonstrating how to prepare shabu-shabu at home, and we'll have the episode released tomorrow.  We'll post the episode to the blog as soon as it has been unleashed.


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