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Jul 19, 2011 07:33 PM

Can I get thin shaved steak in Toronto?

im talking about the thin shaved steak(not sure what cut its from, Flank maybe?) that would be typically used for a Philly Cheesesteak, cooked up on a flattop(or in my case, pan!). Im just wondering if thats something you can ask for at a butcher shop, if it costs extra or what, but does anyone know a place, preferably in the east end of Toronto, where I could get steak cut like this?

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  1. I think in Philly they traditionally use thinly sliced rib eye or round. If you ask nicely, I'm sure there are plenty of butcher shops who'd slice it/shave it for you.

    If you didn't want to go through the effort of slicing/shaving it yourself, and you don't have a reliable butcher, you could go to a Chinese/Korean grocer and get the thinly sliced rib eye (sometimes it's only available frozen).

    Philly cheesesteaks are one of the types of foods that people love to get riled up over (burgers, pizza, etc). People are pretty obsessed with the type of roll you put it on, which I don't think you'll be able to find here.

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    1. re: tjr

      well, Ive never had an authentic Philly myself so Ill just get a good bun that Ill like, maybe Ciabatta or something. Anyway, I shouldnt exactly say its for a Philly, i just think the meat is great to cook up with a nice sauce and some sauteed mushrooms and slap it on a bun, or even just enjoy in a stir fry.

      The first time I had the steak prepared like that was at I think Koya(Memories of Japan) in the food court at Scarborough Town, they had a Steak sandwich deal for cheap, it had a nice bun and the steak was cooked with Teriyaki and mushrooms. damn it was tasty!

    2. I see it at T&T grocery.

      1. The Korean stores will have it, fresh or frozen.

        P.A.T. East Market
        1973 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

        1. The best cheesesteaks are made with Rib eye steak. I just buy the Rib eye and ask my butcher to shave it thin. It can also be done at home by putting the steak in the freezer and slicing it thin on your own, and my wife called me crazy for buying a meat slicer for home use.

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          1. re: mlukan

            All the Asian groceries carry this already so no need to buy a meat slicer. The thin slices of meat are typically used for hot pot / shabu shabu.