Monday, December 11, 2006

"Yaki-Shabu" Pepper Lamb

Yaki-Shabu Pepper Lamb

Here's the other lamb special from Pepper Lunch. This was a bit of a departure from the usual Pepper Lunch repertoire, as the butter was conspicuously absent. This not only meant a lack of the usual rich aroma, but also a much quieter experience without the usual sizzling sound. The meat slices were propped up on the veggies too, thus further keeping them away from the heat. By the time I brought those slices down to the platter to cook, it wasn't enough to get any good scorch marks on it anymore (some butter might have been helpful).

Taste-wise, it still worked, although I was a bit puzzled at first as to why they provided a sauce on the side when the lamb tasted pretty good on its own. But then I tucked in a slice for a quick dip, and I realized that the sauce was ponzu, presumably done as part of the whole shabu shabu lineage. I still prefer the buttery scorched taste of the other dishes, but at least this was a lot healthier (and much needed after all that artery clogging food last week).

5 comments:

May said...

Those guys at Pepper Lunch must have recognised you because I had the very same thing on Sunday and the meat I had was half what you had on your hot plate! Nevertheless enjoyed the meal but portion of lamb could have been bigger. My favourite is still the beef version where you 'mix mix mix'...

Karen said...

It's another winner from Pepper Lunch then.

J said...

Living in Kyoto, first time commenting. The style of the meat propped up by the veggies is actually the jingisukan (Genghis Khan) technique of cooking lamb that you find especially in Hokkaido. I think you have posted about jingisukan before though it might have been another food blog. Anyway I do believe thats what they were going for.

J said...

Add on: Found the link you did about jingisukan, which was from osho. It looked like a stirfry dish over there but its not. Prep looks more like this in the proper places

http://r.gnavi.co.jp/b168200/img/b168200v.jpg

Chubbypanda said...

I'd be looking for the butter too. Great blog. I really love all the different locales, and the food hits close to home.

- Chubbypanda