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Jun 20, 2009 11:50 AM


REcently bought some kalbi at Reliable market in Somerville and got home and found it was at least half bone (carefully packaged to hide the bone of course). Anybody happen to know of a better place for getting kalbi?

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  1. I've not bought it myself, but I have heard good things about the kalbi at John's Market on Linden Street in Allston.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      Have also hear good things about the meats at John's. A friend of mine insists this is by far the best Korean meat he's found in a market here, his favorite is the beef for hotpot.

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Yep, Johns has nice meat-- it's quite pricy (as are all their prepared foods), but much higher quality than the other Korean markets in the area...

      2. Whole Foods is the best actually BUT you need to ask the butcher to cut it for you. Ask for flanken cut beef short ribs. Put in your order beforehand because it will take them 20 mins or so.

        OT: Great place in NYC is Japan Premium Beef in NOHO.

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          1. re: robertlf

            I've done exactly the same at Wholefoods.

            Here's a problem that I've run into by asking for beef ribs cut flanken style. The results are often way too fatty (this comes from a guy who enjoys the flavor of a little fat on his meat). However, for kalbi, the flavor comes from the marinade.

            Any suggestions on how to get a leaner cut?

            1. re: CambridgeFoodie

              That's a question better asked to someone like Walter Rhee. However, when you say 'too fatty', are you referring to overall fat content or large fat deposits? And by kalbi, do you mean strictly kalbi or would you include bulgogi in that? If it's the latter, you could ask for tri-tip which is a leaner cut (sirloin).

              BTW -

              1. re: robertlf

                I feel like there are large chunks of fat deposit on these ribs.

                Interestingly, I checked out the boneless short rib chuck today at Costco and they looked pretty good (less fatty)...and get this, $3.99 a pound (but you have to slice it yourself)

              1. re: elbev

                Burlington, MA in August. Behind Market Basket + former Expo Design.

              2. I made kalbi recently after my husband came back from korea demanding it. i bought flanken style at super 88, but it wasn't enough so i bought some short ribs and cut the meat off lengthwise.

                by far the better finished kalbi was the latter. i don't bother chasing down flanken cut anymore.

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                1. You may also want to ask at Reliable to make sure you bought the right kind of kalbi. LA style includes the bone.