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JinSang shabu shabu

tissue | Oct 28, 200201:03 PM

Last night, I was supposed to go to try Seoul Garden on the rec of someone from this site, but it was closed so we ended up driving further down Olympic to eat at JinSang.
It was a pleasant surprise. The decor was nicer than I thought it would be, very modern with cubicle-like dining areas.

We ordered the US prime shabu shabu and also seafood. They served very small starters of sesame tofu and seaweed with masago. The portions of beef or seafood shabu shabu are big for the price. It is more communal, instead of individual pots like Japanese style places. They offer 3 dipping sauces: your typical ponzu and sesame, then a spicy red version of the sesame sauce.
At the end of the meal, the waitress adds flour noodles and kimchee to the remaining broth and makes a nice noodle/soup to finish the meal. That was one of my favorite parts of the dinner.

Service was very good. Our waitress did not speak much English but was extremely attentive. Scooping out the foam from the broth as it boils. Ladling out veggies/beef to everyone. Bringing new dishes of sauce and pickles whenever it looked like we needed more. We didn't have to ask for anything.

One downside is that the lighting in combination with the purple/grey interior paint made me feel really sleepy. I really hated the lighting. Made me uncomfortable.

I want to try the steamed shabu shabu next time. I've never had it before and am intrigued.



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