ISO: Thinly sliced beef (Butcher?) (DT)
On my quest to test out a recipe for bulgogi a friend sent me, I realized that I really don't have the facility to cut the beef as thinly as it calls for in the recipe. Apparently, it's supposed to be paper-thin, kind of like the type they use in hot pot. The recipe called for rib-eye, but I'm supposing most cuts would work.
So here's the question:
Where could I get some good quality thinly sliced meat (presliced), or perhaps a butcher that would slice the meat for me if I buy it (and maybe freeze it and bring it to him?)
I'm located near McGill, and really would incredibly prefer a location near here.
Thanks in advance.
None of the bulgogi I've eaten has been as thinly sliced as the *fondue chinoise* stuff. About 1/8 inch thick, I'd guess. Definitely not paper thin.
If you have a sharp chef's knife, you should be able to do it yourself at home; the semi-frozen meat slices quite easily. Much harder to slice thinly and evenly when the meat is unfrozen, so walking into a butcher probably won't get you what you want.
You might try L'épicerie coréenne et japonaise (6151 Sherbrooke West, 514 487-1672), which I believe has a meat counter. Or the store on the north side of Ste-Catherine a couple of blocks east of Atwater (the address may be 2109 Ste-Catherine West and the phone number 514 932-9777, but don't quote me on that).
Maybe moh will chime in.
Indeed they do have some at the épicerie coréenne et japonaise, it's great and sells for $8.99/kg (frozen). They also have pork belly sliced different thinknesses and other assorted meats, super cheap and super good.
I know it's far from where you are but maybe you can make a trip out of it...go across the street to Akhavan for some yummy Mid-East fare....
We don't have Bixi stands yet in NDG, but you can just take the DeMaisonneuve bike path, it souldn't take you very long...
I shop at the épicerie coréenne et japonaise all the time, and by sheer coincidence, just tried their bulgogi meat for the first time on Friday. It's so good, life almost isn't worth living after you run out. And the spicy pork is even better. Small wonder it's my favourite shop.