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Century serves up mini Shabu-Shabu

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Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

MADE TO TASTE: The Century Restaurant Mini Shabu Shabu is perfect for diners who like to build their own flavor profile starting with the chef's specially prepared chicken stock. Assorted vegetables, including mushrooms and noodles are included. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

SHABU SHABU: Diners have their choice of premium Angus sliced beef ($28.95), or premium pork loin ($25.95) to assemble the unique Mini Shabu-Shabu Hotpot at Century Restaurant. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

The popular Japanese hotpot dish of meat and vegetable dipped into a shared pot of hot water was named Shabu-Shabu in the 1950’s but its origins stretch back to China and what is known as Shuàn Yángròu (instant-boil mutton.)

“The Chinese did it first and then Japanese took it and made it theirs,” said Patricia Chu, manager of Century Restaurant, which her family has run for decades. 

“Usually it’s just one big pot and everyone cooks it in the center family style,” she said.

Last year, her father decided to bring a version of Shabu-Shabu to Guam.

“In Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and the Philippines mini Shabu-Shabu was really a big hit because it is individual pots for each person,” Chu said. “My children loved it and they didn’t have it on Guam. This is the first mini Shabu-Shabu.”

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

MINI FOR ME: The Mini Shabu-Shabu at Century Restaurant allows diners to create their own tasty soup, quickly and right on the table. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

The Century Restaurant underwent renovations in 2018, complete with the installation of special induction burners built into the tables which only transfer heat to metal (not fingers for instance) and just about one year ago they introduced their house specialty.

Before that Century was known for burgers, fries, pizza and other quick and easy bites to satisfy those working up an appetite bowling in the adjacent alley or hitting up the bingo hall next door.

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS: The fusion concept for the Yakiniku Cheese Grill combines Japanese and Korean elements of dining. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

And while Chu wants to showcase their mini Shabu-Shabu it’s worth a mention that the burgers are a crowd pleaser with a recipe crafted three decades ago by the restaurant’s first chef.

A lot has changed at Century, but a lot has stayed the same. Take the chopped steak, an item Chu loved as kid and brought back on the menu after taking the reins.

“It tastes the same as when I was young. I put it back on the menu and now it is one of our bestsellers,” she said.

Unlike most of the menu items the mini Shabu-Shabu takes time to make, and a little patience to eat. 

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

ALWAYS RIGHT: The Century Signature Burgers start at $7.95, and come with french fries. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

LET'S GET LOCO: Century Restaurant, in addition to recent, authentic Japanese fare, has had a short order menu for years for patrons of the bowling alley. Their version of the loco-moco has a savory mushroom gravy for $8.95. For now it's available as a special on certain weekdays, but may be added to the regular menu soon. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Simmered for 10 hours, “our broth it made with fresh chicken stock…..our chef really takes the time to prepare it,” Chu said and explained that they switched the hot water for broth to up the flavor stakes. (Vegetarians can opt for water and seaweed.)

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

MINI FOR ME: The Mini Shabu-Shabu at Century Restaurant allows diners to create their own tasty soup, quickly and right on the table. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Plates of freshly chopped vegetables and rolls of thinly sliced Angus beef are served along with dishes of savory and sweet house-made sauces.

Chu walked through the process: add the vegetables and noodles, swish mouth sized portions of meat in the broth until cooked which takes just seconds and dip in one or more sauces. 

The meal is fun and a delicious way to enjoy cooking and eating all at once. 

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

MY WAY: For the Century Restaurant Yakiniku Cheese Grill, customers can choose from premium Angus ribeye steak, pictured, for $28.95, or premium pork loin for $25.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

And so is the Yakiniku (grilled meat) which Century also now offers. Meats, vegetables are cooked on a scaled down grill brought to the table then wrapped in lettuce leaf. (Ask about the family favorite melted cheese and corn topping.)

The Century Restaurant has evolved from family style diner to a place where a one-of-a-kind dining experience can be found.

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

BENTO: Grilled Mackeral, Japanese style, is one of the bento choices for $14.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Mini Shabu-Shabu just for you, at Century Restaurant

DAIGO-MITE: Century Restaurant is rolling out loaded bento boxes for $14.95. The boxes include tamago, salad with Japanese dressing, potato salad, tofu and daigo. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

“I really want the people of Guam to experience our Shabu-Shabu,” said Chu.

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