A Substitute for Flanken...?
The recipe for mushroom-barley soup calls for flanken. It's my understanding that this is nothing more than beef short ribs cut horizontally. I like short ribs, but they're fairly fatty, and I'd like a really meaty soup. Is there a cut of beef that's tender, just as tasty and less fatty that I can substitute?
I love using beef shin in these types of soups.
- It is relatively low fat (especially compared to short ribs).
- Cooks relatively quickly.
- Shreds into nice bite-sized pieces readily.
It also seems to impart a lot of flavour, perhaps because of the intense marrow.
Give it a try!! I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
If your recipe calls for flanken for consistency and flavoring, tender cuts usually don't do the job. Fattier, bonier pieces is what will give good results for broth - blade, cross-rib, short rib, bones, (ox-tail as kilted suggests) etc.
However, barley goes a long way in adding body (consistency) to a soup. So you are now basically looking for flavoring.
I would suggest using the flanken, then de-fat and voila.
However again, you want 'a really meaty soup'.
So my suggestion would be to start with a broth made from flanken (or short rib or ox tail or soup bones or whatever is less expensive), de-fat, continue on with stewing meat and the rest of the ingredients.
Shred or chop the meat at the end to get a meaty soup.
just my 2c...