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May 18, 2008 08:21 AM

The New Best Korean in Boston...

...may be at your home.

Over the years I've read several "Best Korean in Boston" posts and have tried many of them - Koreana in Cambridge, New Jang Su in Burlington - only to leave in disappointment due to both the taste and value. I freely admit this disappointment is probably a result of being introduced to Korean cuisine in Los Angeles' excellent Koreatown.

Imagine my surprise to find Costco selling 2 pounds of fresh galbi (kalbi) for $11.99 yesterday. Kalbi is a popular Korean dish comprised of beef short ribs (cut flanken style) marinated in a mixture of soy, scallion, water, sugar and garlic. Costco's Kalbi is excellent: "choice" grade meat, boneless, well trimmed of fat, and a tasty marinade.

All I can say is "OUTSTANDING"...better than any Kalbi I've had in Boston...I'm heading back to Costco this afternoon to restock.


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  1. Did you find this at the Everett store?

    1. In this regard, has anyone tried John's Market across Linden Street from the Hess station on Brighton Ave in Allston? I've never been in but the sign says Korean Prepared Foods.

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      1. re: lergnom

        Yes, it's a nice little store and their prepared foods are definitely their strong point. When we were browsing there the staff were all busy stirring a giant tub of homemade kimchi. The whole shop smelled horribly great.

        The prepared foods is basically most of the usual meats and sidedishes for a korean BBQ. It all looks very tempting.

        1. re: lergnom

          Oh, is that finally open? The signs have been up forever. (Hint for those who go looking: it's actually on Linden Street, behind Spike's Junkyard Dogs just off Brighton.)

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            Did it used to be a coffee/convenience place?

            1. re: galleygirl

              Yeah, very briefly, and I think in a couple of different incarnations. It's a troublesome location, because Linden is one-way along that stretch, and there's no parking, and it's a bit hidden.

        2. OH WOW. which costco?
          my favorite is new jang su in burlington

          1. Which Costco is this? I need to get some for summer cookout.

            There's a new Korean restaurant opening soon at Cobb Corner Plaza in front of McDonald's at the junction of Canton, Sharon, Stoughton.

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            1. re: joebloe

              Available at the Everett Costco (but NOT the Waltham one)...


              1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                UPDATE: I went back to Costco (Everett) this afternoon to stockpile and they were sold out.

                Apparently they are the only test store in the area stocking Galbi (Kalbi)...and they expect a new shipment shortly. So call before you make the trek out in search of this Korean delicacy.

                1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                  I saw some at the Dedham Costco yesterday. I didn't get any though since I usually marinate my own.