On a High with Shabu-Shabu


It was during the typhoon Frank when we decided to dine at Thousand Cranes restaurant in Greenbelt 3. It was very windy and was the perfect moment to have some hot soup to keep us warm.


“Shabu-Shabu” is a Japanese delicacy which actually means swish-swish. It’s called as such because you swish the ingredients on hot soup base. So the basic set up for a shabu-shabu meal is a burner, chopsticks, a pot that contains the soup base and then the ingredients ( vegetables, meat, seafood, noodles) and dipping sauces. Now imagining the things needed here, this is basically a “cook it yourself” kind of meal. This isn’t really a kind of meal that you will eat in a few minutes. Eating Shabu-Shabu would take you about an hour more since you cannot just drop all the ingredients all at the same time. You have to take into consideration that the ingredients will be overcooked and you will definitely not enjoy it. In addition, it is a great way to enjoy food with your companions.


( the soup base, it was chicken stock)


(vegetables: corn, carrot, tofu, chinese cabbage, polonchay, mushrooms ( shitake and button), taro and udon and vermicelli noodles. There’s also crab stick, lobster, squid and fish balls)


( the condiments: green onions, red chilis, garlic)


( thin slices of porkloin)

The process of eating Shabu-Shabu would be: drop the vegetable, seafood or meat first in the boiling soup base for awhile and then you dip it in your choice of sauce and then you put it inside your mouth. It’s your decision if you want to have your soup base as spicy as you want it to be.

In Thousand Cranes, an order is for 1 person however I believe it could be for 2 persons so Karla and I shared one order of Shabu-Shabu set. It’s also “bottomless” soup so you can ask the waiter to refill your soup base if it’s already empty.

The Shabu-Shabu in Thousand Cranes is somewhat ok, I’ m not really gonna say that this is the best I’ve tasted. I’ve been to lots of Shabu-Shabu places around Manila when I was still young. It was just a perfect time to eat Shabu-Shabu since it was cold then.


Food: 4/5

It’s somewhat ok, not really the best of all Shabu-Shabu places. I think I have to visit other Shabu-Shabu restaurants 😉

Price: 2.5/5

The porkloin set that we ate was Php 300.00. Their Shabu-Shabu sets price ranges from Php 250.00- Php 1500.00. Of course it will depend on the kind of meat or seafood that you desire. They have it as per person not per group. From what I learned from the other restaurants that I’ve been to, they have set shabu-shabu menus good for 3-5 people which would range Php 400-Php 1000. So basing it from that price range their per person set is really expensive. You can do what we did, share a set because it would really be good for 2 people. We also order a cup of Japanese rice and it was priced at Php 60, wow it was really expensive. Also, there are already Shabu-Shabu buffet restaurants priced at Php 400.00 ( we’ll be attacking those restaurants soon! 🙂 )

Ambiance, Location: 4.5/5

It’s located at the 2nd floor in Greenbelt 3, Makati.

The place looks clean, very nice decorations. I could see lots of cranes there 🙂 . The lighting is good too, it’s not too bright. I also liked the ventilating system, since we are actually “cooking” the food that we were eating we didn’t smell like we’ve just been to a fastfood court.

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