n.— «Shabu-shabu, which means “swing-swing” in Japanese, refers to a popular form of Japanese table-side hot-pot cooking. It is also known in America as “swish,” named for the sound of boiling broth and the motion of dipping and swirling the ingredients.» —“Shabu-Tatsu Swishes Into Shabu Heaven” by Young Hwang in Columbia University Columbia Spectator (New York City) Jan. 18, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. Cortana says:

    Personally, i’ve never ever heard this term used for ‘shabu-shabu’. I question the veracity of this, and if it’s true, it’s regional at best.

  2. Thanks. I haven’t looked into it yet so your info is welcome.

  3. Cortana says:

    Also, shabu-shabu doesn’t mean ‘swing-swing’ in Japanese, but is onomatopoeia for the sound of swishing a piece of food around in some steaming broth.

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