[Food Review] Suki-Ya – My favourite shabu shabu!

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese variant of hotpot. The name shabu-shabu is derived from the “swish swish” sound of cooking meat in the pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, in that both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables, and are usually served with dipping sauces, but it is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. It is considered a winter dish in Japan but in Singapore it is available all year round.

Whenever I am craving for shabu shabu, or beef buffet, Suki-ya is the first that comes to my mind.

Whenever I wake up late on a Sunday and cannot decide what to have brunch or lunch, I’ll go for Suki-ya for a late lunch, and eat all I want, and then skip my dinner for that day. All because Suki-ya is able to fill my stomach for the entire day in just one meal!

Suki-ya first started at Marina Square and I never stopped patronizing ever since.

Now that they have opened more outlets recently, it makes dining at the restaurant more convenient for me! One particuler outlet which I frequent the most is the one at Tampines Mall Basement. Thumb up to the freshness of the food and service!

This blogpost shares with my readers what kind of shabu shabu is available at Suki-ya. Highly recommended by me because I find it delicious and is a not-to-be-miss by people who like shabu shabu.

Starting off with the soup base. There are 4 choices of soup base to choose from.

  • Shabu shabu (Tastes almost bland, but the flavour comes in after adding in all the vegetables and meat.)
  • Sukiyaki (A special concocted sweet soy sauce, it’s my favourite!)
  • Kimchi (Spicy miso soup.)
  • Tonyu Miso (New flavour!)

But not to worry you get to pick any 2 at any one time, because the hotpot comes with 2 separate pots for different flavours! I highly recommend my favourite, Sukiyaki because the absorption of the sweet soy sauce into the any food I dip in makes shabu shabu even more delicious.

Although the variety of food to go with the shabu shabu is very limited but all the basic ones are all available and the best part is, it is a buffet, you can eat ALL YOU WANT! Just becareful not to burst out your stomach.

There is actually a simply guideline on how to eat Shabu Shabu so that one can enjoy the taste to the fullest.

First, pick some onions, leek, carrots and vegetables to boil in the soup to bring out the sweetness from the vegetables to the soup, making it even more tasty. One plus point about the vegetables is that they are very fresh and crunchy.

What’s shabu shabu without slices of meat? It is like having cheeseburger without the cheese, you don’t taste the best out of it.

At Suki-ya shabu shabu offer 3 choices of meat: Beef, pork and Chicken.

My favourite will be their beef, although it is sliced in thin pieces, so thin that I can see through the meat. But that’s the best way to cook the meat when comes to shabu shabu. This way of cooking also helps to brings out the good taste from the meat after immersed in the soup. Each slice of the beef and pork is fresh and it actually gets torn easily before and after cook. Yes it is that soft and chewy.

There are spices and chilli sauces available for everyone to mix. For those who are not a fan of chilli, there is this sweet soy sauce that is available for you to dip! Not to forget about dipping the meat into the raw egg! This is my favourite dip! Despite it’s raw, it makes the meat absolutely tasty and with the juicy sweetness from the meat, soup and egg. That’s a 3-in-1 combination you get.

Overall, this place being recommended for its soup, good food and service. It can get really crowded on weekends. Point to note, remember eat whatever you have picked because there is a charge for food wastage.

Tampines Mall

4 Tampines Central 5
#B1-02, Tampines Mall
Singapore 529510
Tel: 6789 6166

Opening Hrs:
Sun – Thu
Lunch: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Dinner: After 4pm – 10pm

Fri – Sat (incl. Eves of & Public Holidays)
Lunch: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Dinner: After 4pm – 10.30pm

Marina Square

6 Raffles Boulevard
#02-138F/G, Marina Square
Singapore 039594
Tel: 6337 9969

Opening Hrs:
Sun – Thu
Lunch: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Dinner: After 4pm – 10:30pm

Fri – Sat (incl. Eves of & Public Holidays)
Lunch: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Dinner: After 4pm – 11pm

112 Katong

112 East Coast Road
#03-05, 112 Katong
Singapore 428802
Tel: 6636 3789

Opening Hrs:
Sun – Thu
Lunch: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Dinner: After 4pm – 10pm

Fri – Sat (incl. Eves of & Public Holidays)
Lunch: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Dinner: After 4pm – 10.30pm


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