The Japanese have turned shabu-shabu into a fun ritual where the food is prepared and shared by friends...
In a hot pot, put on a hot spot in the middle of the table, you have some warmed bouillon. The menu can include thinly chopped veal, fresh vegetables, tofu and rice noodles, which I prepare on my own, then we all try together to catch around the pot.
The veil bits are then boiled within seconds, and then cooled and spiced in sesame sauce. In the end, the whole bouillon is served to all guests as a cleansing dessert.
I should just add that shabu-shabu is very light and delicious food... and the clatter of chop-sticks around the room mixed with laughter and nice conversations is an inseparable part of the ritual. You should try it some day, it is fun! =)