We are right in the middle of rainy season and this is the best time to have hot piping soup. While steamboat is a great choice for rainy days, it can get a bit boring to keep eating the same thing. Before you get all disappointed, the lucky thing is steamboat comes in various kinds and having the Japanese hotpot once in a while is also very satisfying.
Shabu Tontei at Jurong Point is located at basement 2 and is pretty small and compact.
The interior of the restaurant is neat and arranged in simple standard Japanese furniture with a seating capacity of 20-30 person.
The Shabu shabu al la carte set at SGD 13.90 comes with 2 choices of meat, a choice of soup base and a complimentary platter of vegetable and mushroom. The meats available for choice includes beef, chicken, pork and seafood. There is only 2 choice for soup base which is the shoyu and the Tonkotsu pork bone broth.
We had the pork and chicken as well as the pork and seafood. The pork plate had generous slices of thinly sliced pork meat.
The seafood plate has 2 slices of salmon, 1 piece of scallop, 1 prawn as well as a few slices of cuttlefish.
The chicken plate came with a bamboo container filled with minced chicken meat where you can shape your own meat balls as well as chunks of chicken meat. Both the minced meat and meat chunks were very fresh.
The vegetable platter comes with fresh cabbage, tofu, shitake mushrooms, carrots and enoki mushroom. All ingredients only comes in 1 serving.
The original way to eat Japanese shabu shabu is to cook each ingredient only when you wish to eat it. Being Singaporean, we simply dumped all ingredients into the pot to cook before eating. The soup is refillable upon request and you can even request for a bigger fire to make sure the soup cook faster. They also provide a yuzu shoyu based sauce for dipping your ingredients.
Overall, the shabu shabu is very delightful with savoury soup bases and very fresh ingredients. Although compared to its Chinese counterparts, the Japanese shabu shabu is lighter and healthier but it definitely hits the spot during rainy days.
Address: 1 Jurong West Central 2 #B1-52, Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Singapore 648886
Operating hours: 11 am to 10 pm