There’s no doubt that multiple functions is better than only one, which is why we live in the age of universal remotes and smartphones. When it comes to your home, the same ideology applies. Who has room to litter their kitchen counter with appliance after appliance that you barely have enough room to cook? And speaking of not having enough of something– time. The modern day man and woman is always on the hunt for something more intelligent, more cost-efficient, and more time-saving. Let me introduce you to the shabu shabu hot pot.

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When people say “shabu shabu,” most of the time you think of hotpot. Something like the image above is probably the image that pops up when those words are spoken. But what exactly is it? Is it the name of the dish? Is it the way you cook it? Is it the name of the thing that you cook it in? Technically, if you look it up on Google like I did, you’ll get the formal definition: A Japanese dish of pieces of thinly sliced beef or pork cooked quickly with vegetables in boiling water and then dipped in sauce. But really, it’s all three. And here’s a quick fun fact: the term “shabu shabu” is an onomatopoeia, meaning that the word is derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the pot. I’m a skeptic, but I guess I’ll just have to try it out for myself.

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Though it’s popular amongst families solely as hot pot, shabu shabu is more like a multi-functioning slow cooker and less like a boiling pot of soup and sliced meat. Tired of eating the same food at home night after night? With shabu shabu, you can cook a variety of dishes in a variety of ways. The convenience of it is that you can grill, steam and, of course, shabu shabu. But the best part of that is that these multi-cookers are as affordable as $40 and can range the gamut to up to $130, but that price is still more economical than getting several one-purpose appliances.

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Sometimes, you get home late and forgot to make a last minute trip to the grocery store. Maybe all you have left in the fridge is some on-the-verge-of-expiring veggies and an emergency can of chicken broth in the cupboard. Throw it all into the hot pot, kick back on the couch for a well deserved break, and you’ll have dinner ready in less than half an hour (and healthy to boot!)

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Or, why not use it as its namesake? Gather the family around for a shabu shabu night. If you’re familiar with it, then you already know how delicious and comforting hotpot is. If not, you’ll get to experiment and learn something new. Try it the traditional way, with meat (usually beef) and veggies, or you can try Korean and Chinese adaptations, which vary in what ingredients are put into the pot. With one at home, you can even take it a step further and give it your own delectable twist.

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Just imagine any of those steaming dishes in the middle of your dining table on a chilly night. If that doesn’t elicit a sense of comfort and make your stomach growl, I don’t know what will. Lucky for you, Superco has what you need.

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