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Where do you get your pre-marinated Korean BBQ?

I usually get mine in K-town at that supermarket on the corner of Berendo and Olympic. I've also gotten mine at the grocery store in Rowland Heights on Colima and Nogales. I live around Highland Park and wanted to know if there was a better place around me. I don't care for the one in K-town as much as the Rowland Heights place, but I don't want to drive out there all the time I need some BBQ.

I normally would make my own, but sometimes I just don't feel like it-you know?

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  1. You will find this reply strange, but the tastiest one I've tried so far is the one from Trader Joe's. I got the premarinated one at DB Market World (a Korean store at Colima and Brea Canyon) and it's kind of yucky. Otherwise I had better luck marinating them myself.

    1. I've seen premarinated bulgogi beef at Trader Joes recently, but have not tried it so don't know how good it is

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      1. re: Ernie

        we had it for dinner last night (made on the grill) and it was very good. I would suggest trying something like this before committing to a long drive.

        1. re: LAcupcake

          Do you remember how much the meat was? I'll have to pick up enough for 4 adults and three kids.

          One more thing....your dog is so cute.

          1. re: bigtums

            It was $5.99 per pound and for seven people you'd probably need two packages. And thanks for the puppy shout out. He turns six months next week and I couldn't adore him more.

      2. california market or hk market.

        like you, i prefer to make my own.....

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        1. re: wilafur

          Is California market the one in San Gabriel?

          1. re: bigtums

            nope, the one i go to is in ktown.

            450 S Western Ave
            Los Angeles, CA 90020
            (213) 368-1410

        2. HK Market on Pacific, just north of the 134 in Glendale.

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Do they have the sides too? The kimchee, bean sprouts, etc.? If so, this may be the place I try.

            1. re: bigtums

              I haven't been to the Arcadia one. At the Glendale one, they have a gigantic "wall o' kimchi" along the left side (as you face the back) where you can get all the kimchi you know and love (as low as $1 a pound) and some you've never heard of. The marinated meat is in little plastic "salad tubs" all the way in the back left corner after you pass the meat and fish counters.

            2. re: Das Ubergeek

              I saw online that there is one in Arcadia too, have you been to that one too? Is there any big difference?

            3. If you're in the South Bay area, the old BC Market or now Market World (Hannam Market) on Sepulveda and Madrona has all of that stuff. Another place on Torrance and Crenshaw Blvds. called Freshia Market has various marinated meats ready to BBQ at reasonable prices. I still make my own though...

              1. Arcadia Korean Market is the BEST. We order from them in bulk for our parties, but they serve smaller portions to feed 2-4.

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                1. re: stochasticgirl

                  Did you happen to notice if they had chicken?

                  1. re: bigtums

                    Yes, they have chicken (quite spicy last time, too!). The chicken gets rave reviews from all of my friends.

                    1. re: bigtums

                      Oh, one word of caution - because it is a small grocery store and so popular, they do run of of meats by 5pm or so. You can always call ahead and ask them to set some aside for you.

                  2. Here in the Valley the celebrated Farm Boy just started carrying Korean BBQ this week. I had a sample last weekend and it seems to be on a par with their sushi and frozen yogurt ( and occasional 99 cents a pint organic raspberries).

                    1. Greenland Market in Van Nuys. It has all the sides. They have a ton of marinated meat in the butcher case, and you can buy as much or as little as you want since it is not pre-packaged. They also pack it in nice plastic containers, where you can just throw the meat on the grill from without having to wash any dishes!

                      1. The best pre-marinated galbi, bulgogi and daeji bulgogi I've found are at the Do Re Mi (used to be HK) market at Colima and Fullerton Road in Rowland Heights. They've also got a truly awe-inspiring selection of generally very good panchan, but their dak bulgogi (IMHO) is no big deal.

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                        1. re: bagdoodle

                          Yeah, I like the markets in Rowland Heights, I've had some really good stuff from the ones along Colima, and trust me-I'm really tempted to drive down there. If not this time, for sure I will for my next BBQ.

                        2. Try Assi Market on 8th St. just east of Western. We had the pre-marinated BBQ chicken tonight--just the right spiciness and very tender.

                          1. I've posted this on another thread but Seoul Market on Reseda & Saticoy (NEC) in the San Fernando valley is really good. IMO much better than Galleria, HK, California, & Assi. Never tried Trader Joe's although I did buy the marinade in a bottle, just didn't seem appealing enough to open and try.

                            1. Okay so I actually drove to the Arcadia one (because I went to pick up some chips, guac, asada, and empanadas from another link) and it was close to El Monte. I got there and encountered some rude service.

                              So I thought I'd drive all the way to the HK market in Glendale on Pacific.

                              WOW! O-M-G! So great. First of all, it's so close to my home-and less congested than driving into K-town. Secondly, that little "buffet" of sides you can get, LOVE IT! Third, the meat was very good-tasty and tender.

                              The only thing I wish they had was some pre marinated chicken-but that's a very minor thing compared to the other great things they had.

                              I just wanted to thank you all for the great advice! I can't wait to try the other places!