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    Many Japanese dishes require thinly sliced meat (beef and pork) and here are the most common types used in Japanese cooking.

    Sliced Beef and Pork for Shabu Shabu

    Thinly Sliced Meat for Japanese Cooking

    Besides the chicken, most of the meat dishes in Japanese cooking require thinly sliced beef and pork. The thickness of these meats is paper-thin. We may not use a big chunk of meat in our cooking but we do use good quality meat for these sliced meats.

    Thinly sliced well-marbled beef for shabu shabu.

    Where to Find Thinly Sliced Meats

    Japanese supermarkets sell this paper-thin meat in packages.

    Shabu Shabu Meat
    At the Japanese grocery store.

    Different Types of Thinly Sliced Meats

    1. Thinly Sliced Beef Chuck/Ribeye for Shabu Shabu

    Shabu Shabu Beef

    This cut of beef is used for Shabu Shabu, other hot pot dishes, Gyudon, Nikujaga, Teriyaki Steak Rolls, Niku Udon, and more.

    2. Thinly Sliced Beef Chuck/Ribeye for Sukiyaki

    Sukiyaki Beef

    This cut of beef is slightly thicker than one for Shabu Shabu and is used for Sukiyaki and other beef recipes.

    3. Thinly Sliced Pork Loin for Shabu Shabu

    Sliced Pork for Shabu Shabu

    This cut of pork is used for Shabu Shabu, other hot pot dishes, Nikujaga, Pork Rolls, and more.

    4. Thinly Sliced Pork Loin for Ginger Pork (Shogayaki)

    Shoga Yaki Pork Loin

    This cut of pork is slightly thicker than one for Shabu Shabu and is used for Ginger Pork (Shogayaki).

    5. Thinly Sliced Pork Belly

    Sliced Pork Belly

    This cut of pork is used for Tonjiru (Pork and Vegetable Soup), Honey Pork Belly, Mille-Feuille Nabe, Kimchi Nabe, Goya Champuru, and more.

    6. Sliced Pork Scraps for Stir Fry (Komagire)

    Sliced Pork for Stir Fry (Komagire)

    This cut of pork is used for stir-fries like Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry, Yasai Itame (Vegetable Stir Fry), Yaki Udon, and more.

    How to Slice Meat Thinly

    Thinly Sliced Meat

    If you don’t have access to a Japanese supermarket, follow my How To Slice Meat tutorial.

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