I thought that we should give some attention to the Japanese hotpot restaurants in Singapore as well, which are getting some traction.
Japanese hotpots are categorised by “shabu-shabu” しゃぶしゃぶ – a nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water and served with dipping sauces. Shabu-shabu is best eaten with a variety of thinly sliced meats and fresh vegetables.
While in Japan you would usually find soups to be bland (or even just plain boiling water), while Singaporeans diner generally prefer richer and more flavourful soup bases.
Makino @ PLQ Mall
Paya Lebar Quarter Mall #03-28/29, #03-28/29 Singapore 409057
Tel: +65 6972 2770
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Hidden on Level 3 of Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) Mall is Makino, a “do-it-yourself” style Japanese shabu-shabu restaurant conceptualised by the team behind Akashi Group.
The variety of Japanese soup bases you can find include the Tori Soup (a 36 hours cooked chicken broth), Mentaiko Soup, Tsurai Miso Soup, Kinoko Soup (assorted mushroom), Tonkotsu Soup, Kaisen Soup (Seafood), Kosho Tonkotsu (pepper