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Simply Shabu: New in Chinatown

Simply Shabu's debut is Monday, Jan. 13 at 1023 Cherry St., in a walk-up storefront.

Simply Shabu: New in Chinatown

Dining room at Simply Shabu, 1023 Cherry St., with counter at rear.
Dining room at Simply Shabu, 1023 Cherry St., with counter at rear.

Philly's Chinatown now has a restaurant dedicated to shabu, the Asian fondue/hot pot that involves cooking raw meat, seafood and/or vegetables in a broth at the table.

Simply Shabu's debut is Monday, Jan. 13 at 1023 Cherry St., in a walk-up storefront.

Owner Dennis Tuan, raised in Princeton and educated at Rutgers, spent six months in Taiwan, working with his brother on a food startup. While that business went nowhere, he gained a love of shabu. He and his wife, Kate, rented the building in shabu-starved Philly. Only a few Chinatown spots offer shabu, and not all the time.

Menu is here. Prices, which include broth and a choice of udon or rice, start at $10 for vegetarian. 

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Most of the 40 seats are at a chef's counter equipped with induction cookware; there are a few tables as well.

It's open for dinner weeknights, and for lunch and dinner on weekends.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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