99 Ranch Market - Buyer Beware
I know that this has been brought up before, but went to 99 Ranch Market in Gardena, bought Korean Sesame BBQ Sauce and a stack of Korean-style short ribs. After marinating them in said sauce, cooked them at low temp. While delicious, they were almost all FAT!! Had similar experiences with pork chunks, boneless chicken that was all gristle, NY steak that turned out to be top sirloin (tough), and ground beef that was dark in the middle. That's 5 for 5. I do like the canned and bottled stuff and the produce but meat.. no more!!
Sorry you were disappointed. I get meat at 99 Ranch [ground pork and various chunks of pork] and haven't had any complaints. One thing to remember is that Chinese taste in what makes for good meat versus "western" is very different. From what I can tell for just about everyone in the world, lots of fat on something is a good thing and not necessarily a negative. I know that much of the meat I see at 99 Ranch and at the Hawaii market and at Bangkok Market in Hollywood and at the California market [all catering mostly to Asians] seems to have a lot more fat on it than most Americans are used to. Similar views on texture--Think of that tendon stuff. Its just a cultural difference.
That said, if you didn't like it, you certainly shouldn't shop there.
Speaking of 99 Ranch meats, does anyone know how their 'drop flank' cut compares with more conventional flank or skirt steak cuts? It is thin, with connective tissue on both sides. With a long cooking it makes an interesting stew.
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