Here’s The Newest Way To Hot Pot

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January 25, 2016

Story By: Jaimie Kim | Photos by: Missy Romero

Hot-and-Spicy and Original Pot, and Vegetarian Pot, alongside Pork Belly, Premium Beef and various sides

Hot-and-Spicy and Original Pot, and Vegetarian Pot, alongside Pork Belly, Premium Beef and various sides

It’s an interactive hot pot experience you can look forward to at Hawaii Pot Shabu Shabu House. Here, you’ll find fresh vegetables, seafood and more traveling on a conveyor belt, asking to be plucked and placed into a simmering broth of your choosing.

Broth, by the way, is kept heated on burners built into the table. There’s one in the center of every table for shared pots, and another at each seat.

With one location already in Kapolei, owner Jack Zhang recently opened a second spot at 808 Center in Honolulu. It’s the first of its kind in Hawaii and the nation, he says, to offer what Zhang refers to as a “Kuru-Kuru” style of dining.

Chef's Rock Shrimp Salad ($9) Missy Romero photos

Chef’s Rock Shrimp Salad ($9)

Now until the end of the month, diners who stop in from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. receive 30 percent off their meal. And if you’re looking for some daytime eats, there’s a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s $16.99 for adults or $11.99 for children 10 and younger, and includes a broth, personal bowl and anything that passes by on the belt.

PUTTING YOUR OWN SPIN ON IT

Everything at Hawaii Pot Shabu Shabu House is customizable, beginning with whatever broth you choose. A station at the back of the restaurant features roughly 25 different sauces and garnishes.

And then of course, there’s everything on the conveyor belt. Plates are priced by color, ranging from $2.99 to $5.99. For dinner, Zhang suggests sampling the restaurant’s fresh oysters and big-head shrimp, which are fresh and available every day.

The restaurant also offers desserts and appetizers, including Chef’s Rock Shrimp Salad ($9). This, Zhang describes, has a sweet-and-sour dressing with deep-fried, crispy shrimp.

Hawaii Pot Shabu Shabu House

808 Sheridan St. Unit 101, Honolulu (And One Other Location)
589-1999 (Honolulu)
Daily, 11-2 a.m.

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