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Sep 15, 2008 11:44 PM

Buying Galbi (or some other meat appetizer) for a large party?

My family is having a fundraiser this Saturday (about 50 people, appetizers only served at about 5 pm) and is thinking of serving galbi as an appetizer.

Is it worth it to buy "pre-marinaded" rib meat at a Korean market (I've heard they do this but have never tried it), and if so, what Korean market (must be no further than Ktown)?

Or, is it just as easy to buy a galbi marinade and some flanken rib meat? Suggestions on what marinade from which market?

Or, buy it already made (the galbi from Tofu-Ya is so delicious that's what gave us the idea, but at $14 per order this may be cost prohibitive), from where? (again no further than Ktown.)

And, any thoughts or suggestions on how to serve it? Trying to decide between serving it with the bone in (I'm wondering if this is a little un-classy for a $250 per person fundraiser), or with a toothpick or skewer or something? Any other ideas?

Any other ideas for a meat appetizer? Meatballs, maybe?


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  1. Whenever I eat galbi, I'm thinking rice and panchan. How about a small nigiri topped with galbi and some panchan as garnish? As for sourcing, I'm a rookie - I would have gone straight to Freshia in Torrance...

    1. Choice Meats has great marinated Kalbi, though a bit pricey. They have two branches that I know of: Third and Western and Olympic around Vermont.

      1. Let me know how this turns out. It sounds like a great idea. Meatballs sound great too, although the only place I know to get them is Pizzeria Mozza, which would be a tad expensive.

        1. You can buy pre-marinated galbi at the Koreatown Galleria supermarket (Olympic and Western). I never tried it, but my landlord did and reported it was very good. Can't tell you about prices, but the meat there is generally good quality and not too expensive.
          I'd served it deboned, on toothpicks.

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          1. re: bad nono

            Great sugestion! Galleria is a dependable place to get Korean stuff.
            (Serving them hot as a mini skewer deboned with mushrooms and/or bell peppers and/or onions will be an idea.)

            1. re: bad nono

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            2. Might want to check out Costco. They recently started carrying pre-marinated Galbi in vacpaks. It's usually found over where the marinated tri-tips are located.... I think it was on the expensive side though!