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Nov 24, 2008 10:34 PM

Where to buy Beef Shank in Victoria?

I want to make rendang, an Indonesian dish that involves cooking the meat for hours until it's really tender. I think it tastes the best when it's made with beef shank because of the tendon, but I haven't found it in the few supermarkets I've checked out. Does anybody know where I can find it? I prefer if it's already cubed, if possible :) If not, it's ok too.


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  1. I would phone some of the more reputable butchers in Victoria, starting with the Village Butcher in Oak Bay and/or Glenwood Meats in the Westshore area. You could also try Slater's Meats.

    I find that if I make a request at the Oak Bay Village Butcher, the staff there will try their best to accommodate it, or recommend a suitable substitute cut.

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    1. re: anewton

      Thanks for the rec, anewton!
      I'll pop by there when i'm in the area, hopefully it's not expensive because it's not supposed to be an expensive piece of beef! It just doesn't seem to be very popular.

      1. re: sumashi

        Will be cheaper if it is on the bone and cut it yourself.

    2. I second the Village Butcher in Oak Bay. If you are traveling up Island at all, stop at Quist Meats just south of Duncan.

      Most grocery stores do not get sides of beef any more, but if you ask they may be able to get shanks in for you.

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      1. re: mlgagnon

        I suggest you go to fairways market and save yourself a bunch of money compared to the places in oak bay.

        1. re: 300rwhp

          Ooh.. Thanks for the tip. I did find it at Fairway Market, which sells it as "shin beef", uncut. It cost $9.46/kg in case anybody is interested.