Thinly Sliced Pork Belly Shabu-Shabu. An extremely popular choice for steamboat. Shabu Shabu is a popular hot pot dish from Japan consisting of thinly sliced meat cooked in steaming hot broth. Pork belly is colloquially known as 3 layered pork due to the nice streaks of fat and meat interspersed throughout. The shabu cut is quick to cook and takes no time at all to whip into a dish.