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Reliable source for Korean short ribs in East Bay

I'm having a party and it looks like Korean short ribs will be part of the menu. Can anyone recommend a good spot to purchase them in bulk? I'd imagine that I would need 10 lgs or so. I'd like the ribs to already be marinated. I was at a 99 Ranch today and they didn't carry them. Just to clarify, I don't want them grilled, just marinated.

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  1. which Ranch 99? I was there today and they had them, think it was even one of their specials in this week's ad.

    Koreana/Pusan Market in Oakland should also have what you're looking for.

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    1. re: kc72

      Well I was in Dublin near where I work. They had them in the meat dept but they weren't marinated. I asked about if they were in the freezer section and they said no. Did I miss them?

      1. re: Cheesy Oysters

        hmm.. I've never looked for marinated ones at 99 -- have only seeked/bought the non-marinated variety. wasn't even aware they sold the marinated kalbi

    2. Koreana definitely has them. I've purchased upwards of 10lbs there myself. They are on the sweeter side, but not overly so, depends on your tastes. If you're going to to get that much, I'd maybe call them ahead of time since I had to wait to get mine last time I was there.

      1. What is that stuff that Trader Joes has in plastic in the meat section?

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        1. re: wolfe

          Traders Joes has boneless marinated bool kogi in plastic in the meat department

        2. I also get the Korean prepared meats at either Koreana in Oakland or at the Kukje Market
          in Daly City. I have a slight preference for Kukje because they have a vastly better panchan
          bar ... but that is not in your space. I think Koreana is slightly cheeper.

          BTW, does anybody know if any Korean restos will sell you uncooked Kalbi?

          1. Koreana has them, but I'd stop by and get a sample to try before committing to ten pounds. Every place has their own recipe so test to make sure they have what you like. You might also talk to a resto that you like and see if they'll sell them to you uncooked.

            For only ten pounds you can do it yourself rather easily as there is nothing rocket science about the marinade. A few 1 gallon zip lock bags and you're well on your way.

            1. Well I ended up doing a comparison on the marinated ribs from Koreana and Star Market on College. The ribs from Star were much better. The flavor was better and the ribs from Koreana were much drier - not in a good way.

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              1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                where is Star Market on College? And you say the ribs you got from Koreana were drier? you mean it didn't come in a bag of the marinade?

                1. re: nicedragonboy

                  Star in on Alcatraz above College, not College sorry. Both were marinated but the ones from Koreana were not very flavorful. The meat wasn't moist--just tasted dried out. I wanted to like them because the price was $2 lb less but Star was a clear winner.

                  1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                    Thanks will keep that in mind for my next BBQ.

                    1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                      Do you mean the Star Market on Claremont between Alcatraz and Ashby?
                      The butcher in back is Baron's.

                2. Sorry to be so late but Hankook Market on Monument in Concord is very authentic and very good. Owner also owns the restaurant next door.