Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shabu Shabu - Sushi Express Chain


Sushi Express Shabu Shabu Restaurant

36 Minquan West Road (Exit 1 of Minquan MRT station and turn right)

Food: 4.5
Service: 3

Price: Cheap

There are 2 types of stores that Taiwan is in no shortage of, one of them is 7-11 (there seems to be one on every block) and the other one is shabu shabu hot pot restaurant. So of course, R and I had to visit at least one of them.

Sushi Express is a huge company that started with just AYCE conveyor belt style sushi restaurants, but now they have expanded to include a AYCE hot pot and as well as a set meal restaurant. The hot pot restaurant we visited charges $300NT/person ($10) and they do not charge any form of service tax. However we were there around 11am, so they informed us that it's only $500NT/2 people before 12pm, that's only $17.
First up is the veggie section, lots of fresh leafy green and various type of cabbages.What more impressive is the amount of other types of food they offered. There was around 10 different kinds of meat/fish balls. They also had seaweed, tofu, sticky rice cake, and various type of non-leafy vegetables.
Now on to the seafood, there was fresh salmon head, scallop, prawns, clams, squid and many different kinds of fish slices. At this point, I was already in awed by the sheer amount of choices I had, but that's not all.
They also had a meat slicing station offering lamb, pork, chicken and beef. There were good quality meat which was sliced super thin so it cooks easily. I particularly enjoyed the beef, pork and surprisingly chicken too. Since it was sliced so thin, the chicken cooked really fast and was super tender.Now before you even start cooking, there is also a big sauce station, where you can mix and match different ingredients to make your unique sauce. Just to mention a few things being offered here are: soy sauce, sesame paste, vinegar, egg, chili and green onion.
As I mentioned this is shabu shabu, so R and I each had our own pot. We had 3 type of soup bases to choose from: original, miso or spicy. I went with the spicy and R went with the original, both were very good. There are 2 things worth mentioning: 1. they had a huge jug of soup base right on each table, so you can add soup to your pot at anytime. 2. There is a built in garbage can (the plastic bag silver can) right on our table, so we can easily dispose of tissues and shells.Did I mention there was more. We can also get sushi as seen above, or order freshly made sushi cones as well. Also there was pre-made snack size salad being served.
Just in case you still have room after all that food, there is desserts too. For the day we went, they were serving green tea mousse and Japanese cheesecake.
Well, if you are not in the mood for cake, there is also ice-cream too. Also I forgot to mention, there is also a drink bar, where you can choose between, pop, coffee, tea or juice.

If you think this is an unbelievable deal, raise your hand. Remember, all this is only for $10 or less per person depending on the time. Personally, I was surprised by the sheer amount of choices I had. I think even if I just eat 1pc of each item, I would be too full. Anyways, this is just way too good of a deal to pass up, so I am passing it on instead. Make sure you mark it down if you plan to visit Taiwan, cause it's so worth it.


Crispy Lechon February 20, 2011 at 3:16 PM

WOW!!! Aside from the great selection of food, I love how they are neatly displayed on the buffet table. (I assume its a buffet.) Everything is so organized. Wish I can visit Taiwan on a foodie tour.

Anonymous February 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I've been reading your blog for some time now and I must say...I love your pictures =).

Anonymous February 20, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Did the restaurant get busy? Some of the food seems almost untouched yet.

TS of eatingclub vancouver February 20, 2011 at 8:42 PM

OMG -- $10!!!!!

My sister and I went to MaLa Hotpot when we were in Taipei. Already we couldn't believe how such variety (and quality too) of ingredients could be ALL YOU CAN EAT for so little a price!!!

This place reminds us of this fact again -- sigh -- and of the fact such a thing does not exist here in Vancouver.

Jenny February 21, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Crispy Lechon: yes, this was a amazing hot pot buffet.

Pokemytummy: thanks, these pictures was taken with my Canon S90

Anon: Yep, by around 12ish, the place was packed and you will have to wait. We were there around 11am.

TS: Darn, I missed out on the Mala Hotpot. Yeah, $17 to $20 would be per person here, and the selection wouldn't be this great :P

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