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Turning Japanese
by Tana March

The Rage | Ingredients | Sizzle

I think The Vapors were really on to something with that "Turning Japanese" number. How could they have known?

From Pokemon to tofu, Hello Kitty to Anime, Pizzicato 5 to paper lanterns, Japanese style is prevalent everywhere you turn. Hell, even Pottery Barn has a line of Asian influenced dinner wear. It's got to be popular!

In Los Angeles, sushi bars have been around for a long time. Noodle houses followed second and now it seems they're on every corner. The newest craze in Japanese dining is Shabu Shabu.

Cheese Anyone?

Your basic Eastern fondue, Shabu Shabu is named for the sound the ingredients make when you dip them in the broth. Go ahead. Whisper it, fast. "Shabu Shabu." You've got to admit, it sounds a little like a sizzle.

Because you cook it right at your table, you'll need a portable range or Bunsen burner. A fondue pot will do fine, too. You can probably find one at the Good Will if your Mom doesn't want to dig hers out and mail it to you. Other than that, you should be able to find all of the makings at a good grocery store or ethnic market.

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