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orange shabu shabu, taipei

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I’m behind a few days on the TPE-week. Let’s do some catching up.

Jess had planned to take us to hotpot on Friday after our trip to the Palace Museum. Which, ps, we did in a record 1.5 hours. Some say that’s not enough time to see the crazy huge treasure trove of Chinese artifacts. For 3 ADD tourists, it was a smidge rushed but acceptable. If you visit, give yourself 3+ hours to enjoy.

But, I digress.

When Simon heard of our plans he mocked us for our choice in hotpot venue and told us to swing by and join his friends at Orange Shabu Shabu. Since Simon is probably the most useful person we know in the whole universe, we easily agreed.

At first glance, the outside of the place looks alright but unremarkable. We were ushered in and taken down a few flights of stairs. Amazing what some stairs can do. The main restaurant is modernly decorated with bar style seating in the middle, tables around the perimeter partitioned by bamboo curtains, and lots of track lighting.

Okay, okay. Hold your horses. We’re getting to the food now.

We ordered 3 hot pots – 2 beef and seafood and 1 veggie. It fed stuffed 8.5 people – I’m counting Jeff’s cousin as half bc she barely ate.

The service here is on top of things. They get the party started by bringing out the broth and loading it up with tons of basics – 3 kinds of mushrooms, tofu, cabbage, fish cake, and super sweet corn.

They brought out some more sweet corn which was deeeeeelicious. You can dip them in the soup to warm them up or eat them straight from the plate. You get a glimpse here of the peanut dip and the soy sauce, garlic, and green onion dip that’s a hotpot norm.

While the broth gets bubbling, you get your choice of starter – tofu salad, green salad, and tomato salad (and maybe one more that I can’t remember). The crab is sweet and the soy sauce at the bottom has a nice bite but I thought the tofu was a bit soft for me. Everyone else enjoyed it and finished off their little bowls.

I was confused when these came out. Do you know what these are?

Fresh squid and prawn balls. I’ve never had these fresh before and they are infinitely better than the factory-made, filler-heavy ones you usually get. They have less of the rubbery texture and loads more of actual prawn and squid flavor than the usual ones. The prawn ones were my favorite. Second only to my love of the meatballs that were hiding in the broth.

This is a terrible picture but I had to give some props to the meatball. Adequately spiced without masking the beef flavor and very soft. Melts in your mouth.

Beef for the carnivores in the house. We got two plates of differently cut but well marbled beef. Ray claims weirdness from the non-cornfed beef but the rest of us were too busy with the ‘yums’ and ‘mmmms’ to notice his wah-wah status.

Clams, shrimp, crab, fish, and other seafood goodness. By the time this one came out we were near bursting but soldiered forward. For her part, Julia did an awesome job of getting through the seafood plate. Her tablemates (Jeff and Ray) had surrendered by this point.

Me: I’m so full. I can’t eat anymore. No really, I’m super full already… Oh fried fish.

I’m easily won over by freshly fried fish. I passed the plate on to others but semi-begrudingly.

When you’re done picking out the goodies from the broth, they pour in some rice and make congee from the remnants. The smorgasboard of stuff that has gone into the soup makes the porridge very flavorful.

When we thought we couldn’t take anymore, they asked us what we wanted for dessert. There are a few choices but I can only remember one: the almond tofu.

In general, almond tofu is pretty boring but this dessert is grossly mislabled. Not almond tofu. More like 10x better than what almond tofu could ever hope to be. Slices of mochi-like dough, almond flavored icy syrup, and mangos. Wow and wow. Why has no one ever done this before and where can I get more?

As per usual, no clue where this place is. It’s near the Hello Kitty Cafe near the big Sogo. That’s as good as I can do for ya. The sign outside is in orange and says Shabu Shabu on it. I’m not helpful am I? Maybe if you’re lucky Simon will swing by and add the address in the comments. It cost about USD30 or NT1000 per person but worth every delicious dollar.

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Written by joann

October 26, 2008 at 8:53 pm

3 Responses

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  1. Hey! I was wondering if you could ask your friend Simon the address for this place =D! I’d really wanna hit this place wit my pals! Thanks a bunch!

    Celina

    March 1, 2009 at 11:29 am

    • I’ll try to get it out of him and let ya know!

      joann

      March 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

  2. holla!

    address:
    #135 B1 (basement) da an road section 1, taipei

    phone:
    +886-2-2776-1658

    website:
    http://www.orangeshabu.com.tw

    simon

    March 11, 2009 at 9:39 am


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