The Wagyu and King Crab Face-off!

Manila is currently abuzz with the rival factions of Team Edward and Team Jacob as New Moon enjoys a much anticipated theater run. In the kitchens of Healthy Shabu-shabu though, a different rivalry brews as two new ingredients enter the fray, vying for the title of best Shabu-shabu: Wagyu and King Crab!


Oh veggies, don’t feel bad. We love you too!

Dedicated to providing delightfully luxurious dining experiences to the local scene, Healthy Shabu-shabu has brought in these two prized ingredients to tantalize our taste buds. There’s the highly prized King Crab, a hard-to-catch crustacean that yields succulent white crab meat. And there’s Wagyu, beef from Japan’s prized wagyu cattle that’s unrivaled when it comes to taste and texture.


Lovely, lovely marbling. NOM.

I love wagyu so I didn’t have to think twice when it came to choosing sides. My excitement was palpable as they brought out the plates of grade 8 wagyu—a high quality one, I was told. The marbling, a prized-characteristic of this beef, can be seen very clearly. A thin layer of fat also lined one side. While I wanted to dig in already, I tried to be patient, setting up my hotpot with veggies and some of the seafood to help flavor the broth.

Waiting to Cook

I normally wouldn’t let go of my wagyu, but I needed to take piccies and I only have two hands. :(

When the time finally came to try the wagyu, I clasped one piece between my chopsticks and gingerly swirled it through the broth, trying not to let it cook too much. A tidbit I picked up from a J-drama series (Himitsu no Hanazono, for the curious) echoed in my head. “The secret to perfect shabu-shabu is to swish it as you say shabu-shabu three times, then it’s done!”

Start at 2:20, heehee. Yes. I waste too much time on J-drama.

Still, I think the real secret is just to watch your meat and pull it out as soon as the color changes. This is what I did and I was rewarded with the most delicate, buttery bite of beef. The price difference really is worth it because the natural flavor of unsullied wagyu is beyond compare.


Look at those prawns. Ignored because of the wagyu!

The rest of the meal, while delicious, went by in a blur. Those bites of beef really makes everything pale in comparison. I guess it’s easy to see where my loyalties lie. Where do yours?

For Pride! For Honor! For Free Food!

Now is the time for you to choose sides. Team Wagyu or Team King Crab? Pick a side and get a chance to win a Php 1,000 Gift Certificate from Healthy Shabu-shabu!

We’ll pick three winners using my favorite contest tool of all, The first winner will be from Team Wagyu. The second one will be from Team King Crab. The last one will be from the winning team! I’ll be tallying all answers and the winning side gets the third winning slot.


Team Wagyu FTW! Ohohohohoho~

Mechanics and all the fine print

  1. Contest is exclusive to residents of Metro Manila and its nearby suburbs. (Cavite, Laguna, etc.)
  2. To join, post a comment stating which side you choose and why. No, you don’t have to automatically use the prize on what you choose, so if you feel like infiltrating the other team, feel free to do so.
  3. Each person may vote only once during the whole contest period. For multiple comments, only the first comment will count.
  4. You have until November 30, 11:59 PM, Manila time to post your answers. Winners will be announced the next day, December 1, 2009.

Support your team! Spread the word and encourage your friends to vote!

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Thanks to Healthy Shabu-shabu and Geiser Maclang for making this promotion possible.

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39 Responses to The Wagyu and King Crab Face-off!

  1. Suzanne says:


    Team Wagyu for me, as I love beef! XD


  2. kate says:

    i love seafood so i’m voting for team king crab :)

  3. sorry, TEAM KING CRAB but i’m allergic to seafood — TEAM WAGYU for me!!!

  4. Wagyu! I’m a carnivore. :p

  5. ness says:

    Team Wagyu! Just look at the marbling… It looks so succulent :)

  6. dyanie says:

    i love seafood so I go for Team King Crab! :)

  7. deeh says:

    FTW! team king crab!!! i “like” the marbling of wagyu but i “love” seafood!!

  8. steph says:

    both dishes are sooo yummy but I go for “Team King Crab” !!!
    for i love crabs … so healthy !

  9. bing says:

    Team Wagyu on my side… go go go beefy !!
    Ilove the smell and aroma of hot beef
    shabu shabu

  10. niz says:

    “Team King Crab” for me… hahaha… i’ve been a pesco-vegan for the last five odd years… *grin*…

  11. Laura says:

    Team Wagyu for me. I’ve never tried wagyu before, but I’ve always heard people rave about it. (And rage about it. A friend of mine mourned when the wagyu his mom brought home was turned into salpicao.)

  12. Gene says:

    Team Wagyu!

    I’m a carnivore, rawr!

  13. Tara says:

    Wagyu beef for me… i love the marbling! Go team wagyu :)

  14. piang says:

    Team Wagyu, its hard and takes time to eat crabs.

  15. definitely team wagyu! i love, love, love the description of the meat just changing color and then the delicate buttery bite! yum!

  16. kelvin says:

    I am going to buy steak now!!!

  17. kaige says:

    team wagyu for me too! :) will always be a carnivore. sorry, king crab.

  18. erman says:

    i love seafood so i’ll vote for team king crab! :)

  19. zerovoltage says:

    i love the taste and feeling of soft wagyu melting in my mouth! team wagyu for me! 😀

  20. Sarah says:

    I absolutely LOVE Wagyu beef, but when it comes to hotpot, I’m all for seafood! Although Wagyu is delicious, I love seafood better in broth than meat. So, yes, YEY FOR KING CRAB!

  21. Peter says:

    King Crab, because we never have crab at home.

  22. Charles says:




    (because real men eat meat! XD)

    Yeah, Team Wagyu FTW. 😀

  23. Ella says:

    I’m definitely for Team King Crab! :) I’ve been a semi vegetarian for years and crab is one of my indulgences!!! Pick me pick me! :)

  24. Chris says:

    Me to King Crab: Ayoko. ‘Wag, you!

  25. nagi-chan says:

    WAGYU!!! Haha… No offense to King Crab (I’ve tasted it in Hokkaido and it is sooooo good!) but I want to try wagyu 😀 Wagyu wagyu wagyu WAGYUUUUU~~~!!!!

  26. myrya says:

    Team Wagyu! Because it rhymes with Shabu-shabu!

    But seriously, that was a hard choice but nopes… shabu-shabu = wagyu in my mind. 😀

  27. Bachuchay says:

    I’ll go for “Team King Crab”.. I imagine singing “di mapakali..magdamag hinahanap.. nababaliw sa tuwing naalala ang init” while eating .. hmmm! love the seafood aroma =)

  28. january says:

    For someone like me who loves to eat and weight conscious the Team Wagyu got my vote!

  29. teddy says:

    definitely team King Crab for me !!
    I dont really prefer meat ….
    crabs and seafoods are more healthy ^_^

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  31. dewaii says:

    Team King crab ! simply the best

  32. mike says:

    Team Wagyu!!!! i’m a meat lover.

  33. rei says:

    this is exciting ! both teams are gettin hotter lol !!
    Team King Crab for me ! definitely yummy

  34. migzy says:

    team king crab! i love seafood!

  35. sheilah says:

    nothing else but WAGYU.

  36. Drew says:

    I have to be honest and vote for team Wagyu!

    I don’t like crabs and aligue.

  37. Stephie says:

    Wagyu coz I’m a carnivore xD

  38. wednesday says:

    cheers for King Crab ! you’re the winner !