I googled for the word Shabu-shabu and got this definition from Wikipedia.

Shabu-shabu is a Japanese variant of hot pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, where both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables, and usually served with dipping sauces.

Anyway, did you also know that this dish may have originated in the 13th century as a way for Genghis Khan to efficiently feed his soldiers. Mongol troops would have gathered around large pots and cooked together. Thinly sliced meat was used for its short cooking time, which allowed the Mongolian army to conserve its limited supply of fuel.

There you go …. the next time you visit a shabu-shabu restaurant, think about it … you’re having your meal the very same way Genghis Khan had his … centuries ago!


There’s at least a good handful of Shabu-shabu restaurants in Klang Valley and I happen to know a popular one in Cathay Cineleisure in Damansara Mutiara. Popular because if you Google it, you’ll find the Top 10 search result points to this restaurant. Located on the lower ground floor of Cineleisure, you will never miss it simply because it’s located right next to the parking ticket payment kiosk.

Satsuma Shabu Shabu is a cosy little restaurant with a bright clean ambiance and bright colors. I would say it’s pretty welcoming although I believe some would say it’s a little to clean and nice. But it’s not that I have anything to complain on … better have a clean restaurant than none.

Sitting capacity in the restaurant is just nice, not to large but cozy. A look at the menu and they do have a good spread of varieties. There’s the standard Shabu shabu choices .. beef, chicken, seafood or a mixture. And you’re given the choice of four different soup bases which are Kimuchi (spicy), Dashi (plain), Miso and Sukiyaki (sweet).

And then there’s the Wagyu Beef set. Out of curiosity, I asked if they have Wagyu beef and apparently they do. Since there’s no price stated in the menu (seasonal pricing), I asked for the price.

RM99 for 100g.


‘Nuff said. “So …. the normal beef set comes with what ah …?” I proceeded.

I mean, RM99 buckaroos for a 100g ??? What the heck??? Gold-flaked beef? Call me stingy but I wouldn’t pay that much … well, at least not in that restaurant! Fine dining, maybe … but not there.

So I put in the order for the NORMAL beef set, a Chawan Mushi (Egg custard) and a set of Sumiyaki. No, Sumiyaki has nothing to do with SukiYaki…. Sumiyaki is simply Japanese BBQ.


The first to be served was the beef set shabu-shabu and I chose the Miso soup base. I was also told tat Shabu Shabu got it’s name from the way to cook your thinly sliced beef. You dip the beef into the hot soup and swish it around for a while and pop it into your mouth. Shabu-Shabu simply means swish swish in Japanese. And the taste … ok. Still steamboat.

They served the Chawan Mushi next and was gone within 5 minutes.

Next in order was the Lamb Sumiyaki set. Let’s just say this is my favorite! Lamb Sumiyaki is also a D-I-Y dish where slices of tender marinated lamb is presented to the customer with a grill for the customer to grill the meat. Just leave the lamb on the grill for a minute or so as the tender slices of lamb cook fast.

It’s pretty much like barbecue or should I say, mini barbecue. The grill the serve you is this little pot or fireplace with a grills on the top and a small fire below it. As you grill the seasoned lamb meat remember not to over burn it else you’ll be eating crispy, carbonized lamb meat! But if done right, what you get is a new definition for the word “tender, juicy and sweet” meat ! Now, that’ll leave you coming back for more …..


So generally, for a Shabu Shabu restaurant, they did pretty well for their Japanese Barbecue. Queer but true.

Here are some of the reviews from other foodies.

Lost In Life
Zestful Eats

And this is their location address.

Satsuma Japanese Restaurant Sdn Bhd(730672-T)
Lot LG-1,Cineleisure Damansara,
No.2,Jln PJU 7, 48000 Petaling Jaya,

Tel no. : +603 7710 8262 | Fax no. : +603 7729 0263

  1. IcedNyior Said,

    thanks for the pingback! I didnt try the sumiyaki set but it looks good. how much is it?

    IcedNyior’s last blog post..Recipe : Chocolate Spritz Cookie


  2. timothy Said,

    The Sumiyaki is priced at RM17.90 for Lamb, RM19.90 for Beef while the Wagyu beef … seasonal pricing as usual. Prices include a 100g meat but no sets.


  3. J2Kfm Said,

    oh, RM17.90 for the whole set? kind of worth it la!
    looks tempting enough … BBQ lamb, yummy!
    your photos are so bright and colourful.

    J2Kfm’s last blog post..Ipoh Mali (Talak Sombong) back to Ipoh @ A’Shore


  4. keeyit Said,

    Yummy~ I havent been to this shabu shabu before. I should try it one day.


  5. mimid3vils Said,

    from ur photo I can see most ingredient in ur set are veggie…

    mimid3vils’s last blog post..Kannichikan Yakiniku Restaurant (KNK)


  6. Tummythoz Said,

    That last picture looks real cosy on a rainy day. Quite a fiery BBQ pot!

    Tummythoz’s last blog post..Sweet Pearl Corns


  7. kampungboycitygal Said,

    I went to the one near my office, at menara hap seng..albeit being pricy but the food is pretty good..n yer how come they never intro me the bbq lamb thing one?


  8. wmw Said,

    RM99 for 100g wagyu beef? Ninja Jones had a promo for their Kobe Beef at RM130 per 100 gram.

    wmw’s last blog post..Spring Golden Restaurant, Shah Alam


  9. Simon Seow Said,

    I saw in Jusco, Australian Wagyu beef selling from RM 15 to RM 25 depending on the cut.

    Simon Seow’s last blog post..Roaring My Way to Nuffnang Wild ‘Live’ Blogging


  10. yammylicious* Said,

    always wanted to try this restaurant out but everytime i passed by lik no one inside so.. end up i nv try it yet! thx! i will try it real soon!

    yammylicious*’s last blog post..Happies Birthday To Mii @ Ninja Jones


  11. jason Said,

    Interesting “stove” for the BBQ!

    jason’s last blog post..Axtivo2U


  12. JeromeFo Said,

    Looks not bad.
    The BBQ thing quite special.Got japanese words somemore =)
    Lolx…i like the meat pic. Looks very fresh enough

    JeromeFo’s last blog post..Camwhore King!


  13. IceCubeJunkie Said,

    Thanks for the review.. ! will make sure this is on my list of to eat.. 🙂 i love the stove BBQ.. i’ve seen it in japan before… 🙂

    IceCubeJunkie’s last blog post..Lexus Rare Wine Dinner


  14. alexander Said,

    Thanks for the review. That idea is fresh for me. 😀


  15. xin Said,

    i passed by this shop so many times but it simply does not look inviting. i prefer the one plus one shabu shabu in one you. love the soup there!

    xin’s last blog post..Umai-ya Japanese Restaurant


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