Friday, May 29, 2015

Simply Shabu coming to Chinatown

Simply Shabu is coming to 1023 Cherry St.

Simply Shabu coming to Chinatown

Future home of Simply Shabu, 1023 Cherry St.
Future home of Simply Shabu, 1023 Cherry St. MICHAEL KLEIN /

Princeton-raised, Rutgers-educated Dennis Tuan spent six months in Taiwan, working with his brother on a food startup.

Although the business did not do so well, he got an education in shabu shabu, the Asian fondue/hot pot that involves cooking raw meat, seafood and/or vegetables in a broth at the table. 

He noticed that Philly's Chinatown lacked such a restaurant, though a few (Ken's, Tai Lake) will do 'em with notice.

So he rented a storefront (1023 Cherry St.), bought up a bunch of induction stoves, and set to work on creating Simply Shabu.

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Most of the 40 seats will be set up in a bar configuration, though there will be tables for two and four - each with stoves so patrons can cook their own.

All the hot pots start with a chicken-based broth (regular or spicy) and choices of meats and vegetables. Figure on about $15 a person.

Tuan, working with his wife, Katherine, says he will source local ingredients.

They'll aiming for a mid-November opening.
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