(Note: This thread was split from the DC & Baltimore board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/581883 - The Chowhound Team).
So with the "real" Shabu shabu, diners should get 2 pots of different broth? Or same? Do you drink the broth as soup afterwards? Which one would you, vege pot or the meat pot? I'm not asking to argue, but because I'm truely confused. I've had shabu shabu in a Japanese restaurant owned by a Japanese family, and I wsa only served 1 pot, was that not the real thing? I also don't remember being served 2 pots when having shabu shabe in Tokyo about 5 years ago. I see your point about not finding what you were told the restaurant serves by its name sake. But I don't see how the 2 are truly different, and would really like to learned.