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The New Best Korean in Boston...

CambridgeFoodie May 18, 2008 08:21 AM

...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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    smtucker RE: CambridgeFoodie May 18, 2008 10:12 AM

    Did you find this at the Everett store?

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      lergnom RE: CambridgeFoodie May 18, 2008 04:52 PM

      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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        teaTomE RE: lergnom May 18, 2008 06:40 PM

        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.

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          BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: lergnom May 18, 2008 08:49 PM

          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.)

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            galleygirl RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps May 19, 2008 04:08 PM

            Did it used to be a coffee/convenience place?

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              BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: galleygirl May 19, 2008 08:04 PM

              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.

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          kweesee RE: CambridgeFoodie May 18, 2008 05:20 PM

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

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            joebloe RE: CambridgeFoodie May 18, 2008 08:30 PM

            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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              CambridgeFoodie RE: joebloe May 19, 2008 04:42 AM

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


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                CambridgeFoodie RE: CambridgeFoodie May 19, 2008 03:23 PM

                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.

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                  adobokid RE: CambridgeFoodie May 19, 2008 05:00 PM

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

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