Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu and Barbecue offers a unique dining experience wherein customers are given the liberty to cook their food in whichever way they desire. Diners may cook their food via hotpot (shabu-shabu) and the built-in grill on the table.
Shabu-shabu or hotpot is a Chinese and Japanese way of cooking food in boiling broths contained in metallic pots. Slivers of meat, seafood, and vegetables are dipped in boiling soup until they are cooked. These morsels can either be eaten as is, dipped in a flavorful sauce, or as a soup using the hot broth as base.
As with other buffet restaurants, it’s quite hard to decide where to begin at Tong Yang so we just asked our server to prepare the soups for us. Each table was given two flavor choices for the soup and we opted for plain and sinigang, as recommended by our server. On its own, the broth is a bit bland so you would need seasonings to add flavors to it.
The buffet table is actually a huge selection of fresh cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as leafy vegetables. By huge, I mean bountiful choices of seafood and meat. It was only here when I got to see some “exotic” cuts on display – chicken gizzard, liver, heart, pork kidneys, and intestines. There are also fresh seafood like shrimps, octopus, squid, clams, oysters, and mussels. These can be cooked in the soup or barbecued on the grill.
Some of the selections that are available upon request but not on display are crabs and thin slices of pork neck. The crabs, big and fatty, are served steamed and ready to be eaten while the pork neck is fresh and ready to be barbecued. With the assortment of ingredients on display, it was like the options for creating dishes are endless.
For those who love Japanese dishes, there are sashimi rolls available. It’s not an extensive selection but enough to satisfy one’s cravings. There is also kimchi, fried dumplings, and crunchy pork rind (chicharon) that are great as appetizers.
Drinks and desserts
At Tong Yang Shabu-Shabu and Barbecue, drinks are overflowing. There are lemonades, fruit juices, iced tea, and soda. For desserts, ice cream, pastries, fresh fruits, and halo-halo are available. You would never run out of choices, no matter how you want to cap your satisfying meal.
A dinner buffet with shabu-shabu and grill costs Php645 per head. I think this is not bad as compared to other buffet restaurants, most especially those that add unnecessary choices just to jack up the prices. At Tong Yang, you get only what is necessary, what you would actually eat and enjoy. That is good value for money. Service is also quick, which is a necessity in any restaurant.
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