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Jul 15, 2006 01:41 AM

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!!

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  1. Go to any Asian market in Westminster for more selection and often 1/2 the price. Their "sushi grade" fish is a joke.

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    1. re: OC Mutt

      I can't even handle walking by the fish dept at my 99 Ranch on Sepulveda in Van Nuys. The smell is putrid and I agree with you on the Sushi Grade fish (Give me a break)! The produce at this location is also abysmal. I've taken this market off my shopping route.

    2. 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.

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      1. re: jenn

        I had a great New York steak from 99 Ranch last week. It was definitely not top sirloin. It had a lot of fat, but I trimmed a lot of it before cooking -- and at $3.99 per pound, even trimmed, it was a lot cheaper than buying meat at Ralphs, Gelsons, or Whole Foods.

      2. 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.


        1. I stopped buying meat at 99 Ranch a long time ago. I go to the Van Nuys location and had several bad experiences (smelly ground pork, gristly pork chops, etc). I buy everything else from there but the meat.

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          1. re: boogiebaby

            I buy ground pork at 99 Ranch, but I usually pick a piece of the butt or shoulder meat and ask them to ground it for me. The already-gound-pork usually contains too much fat hence to smell.

            1. re: fdb

              Why would fatty ground pork smell? Fresh pork fat doesn't have an odor.

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