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ISO beef short ribs

lidiab Dec 3, 2007 04:18 AM

I planning on making braised short ribs at an upcoming dinner party, and am having troubles finding them. My first thought was costco, but while i was there on the weekend i could'nt see any. I am thinking calling cumbraes and royal beef, but if anyone has any other ideas, they would be very welcome. thanks lb

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    julesrules Dec 3, 2007 05:02 AM

    Where are you located? I am starting to see them, inconsistently, in places like my local IGA, but your best bet is probably any real butcher shop. They may not be on display, but you should ask.

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    1. re: julesrules
      erly Dec 3, 2007 05:15 AM

      For braising they are cheaper at any Korea market.
      I have purchased them many times at Pat, and at the Korean market on Yonge at Doncaster.
      Dominion often has specials as well and usually carry short ribs.
      They will cut them to size.

    2. Recyclor Dec 3, 2007 05:17 AM

      Any of the St Lawrence butchers would prepare them for you if they didn't have them on hand, maybe call ahead to see, Upper Cut or White House are there...if you are prepared to pay for Cumbraes though you can't go wrong, or the Healthy Butcher on Queen W would oblige...

      1. Leslieville Dec 3, 2007 05:32 AM

        If you are anywhere near a T.&T. Supermarket, I have seen them there.

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          koknia Dec 3, 2007 05:34 AM

          I also get them at Korean stores. The big one on Bloor just east of Christie has them.

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            sweetie Dec 3, 2007 05:58 AM

            I believe that one is called P.A.T. I see short ribs at chinese grocery stores all the time, prices are resonable. I have noticed that service varies though, some place will not cut them to your specifications.

          2. re: Leslieville
            Mila Dec 3, 2007 06:11 AM

            I got some at T & T Cherry St two weeks ago. They were ridiculously cheap and tasty but I had to show the butcher how I wanted them cut because they were in huge slabs. That's not a bad thing because you can get them trimmed exactly how you want them.

            Also saw them at European Meats in Kensington.

          3. jayt90 Dec 3, 2007 06:02 AM

            Apparently there is an English cut, and a German cut. My sources advise the former, but they are harder to find. The English cut is well trimmed, and cube shaped, with more meat.

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              embee Dec 3, 2007 06:32 AM

              It's more about personal preference than about one style being "better" than the other. The English style gives you a long bone topped with a chunk of meat. The flanken style is a long strip of meat cut in a different direction, which runs across many small pieces of bone.

              Using any given prep, the taste will be similar but the texture somewhat different. This is a tough cut of meat. The Asian grill preps usually require the flanken style because it can be cut very thin, and therefore will (with very accurate timing) grill up tender. With the flanken style, you can also suck the bones.

              The English style, or a thick flanken cut, needs a long, slow braise.

              1. re: embee
                TorontoJo Dec 4, 2007 02:54 PM

                Great description. I get mine at the Friendly Butcher on Yonge, north of Lawrence. He cuts them exactly as I request (which is a 4-5 inch English cut).

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              embee Dec 3, 2007 06:02 AM

              Cumbrae's will likely have them. You will also find them at virtually all Jewish butchers (whether kosher or not) and at almost any mainstream supermarket in a Jewish area. Nortown usually has good ones. The Jewish stores are likely to label the cut as "flanken" or "Miami ribs", but these are, indeed, short ribs.

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                wontonfm Dec 3, 2007 06:26 AM

                I've seen them at the butcher in Kensington Market. Can't remember the name of the street but it's on that strip with Patty King.

                1. chocabot Dec 3, 2007 06:38 AM

                  they are consistently at St.Lawrence and T&T. Sometimes at Dominion (this week i think)

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                    Scary Bill Dec 4, 2007 01:02 PM

                    Try European Meats either in Kensington or in Etobicoke on Jutland. Also West End Meat Packers (Angus beef) on Olivewood in Etobicoke.

                    Both cut their ribs 1.5-2 inches thick typically.

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                    1. re: Scary Bill
                      jacu Dec 11, 2007 07:13 AM

                      European Meats regularly has the flank-style. I had to show the butcher how to cut the English-style and at that, they were not happy to do so. Haven't gone back there for this cut.

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                        Recyclor Dec 11, 2007 07:24 AM

                        ...when you hear people say "your butcher will be happy to do this for you" they are not refering to European Meats, I don't bother with them anymore unless I'm in a pinch, once I was merely asking if they cut hanger steaks, the guy, seemed like a manager, said no abruptly and turned his back to me...they are quantity over quality anyway....

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                      dyson17 Dec 4, 2007 05:34 PM

                      The Tone Tai Supermarket at the Peanut Plaza, Don Mills Road between Sheppard and Finch has a special this week at $1.59 per lb They are frozen and the butcher there will cut it to your specs

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                        Helen Dec 4, 2007 08:25 PM

                        Nortown has them, Bayview/York Mills, there is also one at the Promenade mall.

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