Shabu Pong Dang – Duluth, GA

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Lunch at Shabu Pong Dang actually began as a visit to a local meat and three (the Rexall Grill in Duluth) that ended abruptly when I walked in the door and found that the fried chicken was not on the menu board.  This led to the crisis question of “now what am I going to eat?”, followed by driving around looking for something interesting.  Lured into a strip mall on Pleasant Hill by the hilariously named “What the Pho?”, I saw that Shabu Pong Dang had recently opened and decided to give it a try, instead.  They had only been open about two weeks and the restaurant was about half full, as I entered.   IMG_9648

 In addition to the tables where I was sitting, there were “booths” (which were actually open-roofed rooms) that sat four or six along one wall and, apparently, more tables in the back as people kept walking past where I was.  I had a challenge ordering as the menu had very few English words and not enough pictures, but ended up with the chicken and beef combo.  As opposed to the table-top hot plate at Splendid Shabu, the broth was heated on an electric hot plate, through a hole in the table top.  First to arrive was the “plate full of stuff”:
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corn, and egg, crispy tofu skin, half a hot dog, two kinds of mushrooms, greens and two or three things that I did not recognize.  I ultimately ate the corn, the hot dog and some of the greens.  As best as I could tell, they only offer one type of broth, but they brought me a dish of hot sauce to add to the mix.
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You can see by the time all of the meat arrived, I had a table full of food.  The broth, itself, was rather tame, but the addition of the chili oil made it as spicy as I wanted.   Altogether, a tasty, but pricey lone wolf lunch.

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