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Paper-thin sliced meat for fondue?

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My French-Canadian mom makes a great broth-based fondue for cooking thin slices of beef and veal. Properly-sliced meats for this purpose are readily available in her home province, but we haven't been able to find it in L.A. And the butchers at Bristol Farms in Pasadena tried but didn't succeed (much too thick-- to begin with, they didn't even know what my mom wanted when she asked for meat sliced for fondue, which is a problem...).

Anyone out there know where we might have better luck? Merci.

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  1. The Japanese markets (e.g. Mitsuwa, Nijiya, etc.) have thin-sliced beef in the store all the time.

    1. at Japanese markets I know you can buy thin pre-sliced beef meant for shabu-shabu; perhaps the butcher can cut other kinds of meat super thin for you ... or maybe there are other Asian market(s) in your area that would have the kind of meats you are looking for.

      1. You can do it yourself. Throw a hunk of beef in the freezer for about 1/2 hour-45 minutes, until it is semi frozen, then use a sharp knife, and voila!!

        1. Korean Markets like HK Market in Glendale have pre sliced you can buy by the pound or pre-packaged.

          Hk Market
          831 N Pacific Ave
          Glendale

          1. mitsuwa market has very high quality paper thin beef and pork

            1. Any decent Chinese grocery store will have it as well. This same type of slice is used in Asian-style "fondue," or steamboat/hot pot. Usually chicken, pork, and a couple of different cuts of beef are usually found sliced thin and packaged on those foam trays.

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              1. re: bulavinaka

                Ditto.

                The prepacked sliced meats (chicken, beef, pork, lamb) are used mainly for shabu-shabu or Chinese hotpot. The butchers will also slice it for you, thin as you want.

                Try Ranch 99 Market (various locations throughout SoCal). www.99ranch.com

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  it's also in the frozen section of 99 RANCH.

              2. Shabushabu meat... brilliant! thanks everyone, wouldn't ever have thought of that...