DING / SHABU DYNASTY
8, Lane 69, AnHe Rd, Sec. 1
Years ago, the first Chinese emperor,
Qing Shi Huang, sent his trusted noble, Xi Fu,
to Japan to search for the secret to long life.
Although the mystical substance was never found,
this new health-conscious hotpot spot looks to
this story for inspiration. They emphasize pure,
fresh ingredients and include an array of unique
choices: the rare find pig cheek, the succulent
cod chin, and the atypical (but oh so tasty) goose
liver. You can order sets for groups of six to
eight (NT$6,000-12,000), individual sets (NT$298-600),
or a la carte. Don't miss out on the fruit-flavoured
Shawa drinks. --By Julia Koprak, translated by
One creative addition to the menu
is the special DIY seafood noodles. Made with
squid, octopus and a small amount of flour, this
might be a strange concept for some, but the flavour
isn't too fishy and there is a nice chewy consistency.
Plus, they're fun to make.
B.The intricate interior design is unlike most hot
pot joints, with custom-made, sculpted pots, subdued
lighting and a classy Japanese motif. Downstairs
you'll find an imperial seat where two can dine
while perched on couches.