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Where to buy bulgogi meat?

foxspirit Dec 18, 2013 12:56 PM

I don't want it marinated. I just want good quality pre-sliced thin beef to make bulgogi with. Any recs on where to get it? Preferably around Boston or Quincy

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  1. rlh RE: foxspirit Dec 18, 2013 01:02 PM

    H-Mart in Burlington has a number of options

    1. C. Hamster RE: foxspirit Dec 18, 2013 01:10 PM

      I'd just ask my butcher to slice up some sirloin really thin.

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        foxspirit RE: foxspirit Dec 18, 2013 01:21 PM

        I was hoping for closer. H-mart is a little far by my standards.

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          gimlis1mum RE: foxspirit Dec 18, 2013 02:24 PM

          Reliable Market in Somerville.

          Hong Kong market in Malden has it frozen -sirloin and something just labeled "beef." The other locations may have it too.

          I sometimes used shaved steak from McKinnons or Market Basket for bulging I, but it tends to fall apart as you cook it instead of staying as discrete slices.

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            foxspirit RE: gimlis1mum Dec 18, 2013 02:44 PM

            Ah good to know. Thanks.

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              deglazer RE: gimlis1mum Dec 18, 2013 07:29 PM

              Plus Lotte Market on Mass Ave in Central Square, across from the Cambridgeport Saloon that is no longer there.

            2. MC Slim JB RE: foxspirit Dec 18, 2013 07:39 PM

              Curious: why the requirement to be pre-sliced? Even if you don't have a quality chef's knife, a $6 AccuSharp http://www.kitcheninspire.com/feature... will allow you to sharpen a cheap knife to an edge that will let you thin-slice a quality ribeye or sirloin with ease. It's even simpler if you put the steak in the freezer for 20-30 minutes first.


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              1. re: MC Slim JB
                C. Hamster RE: MC Slim JB Dec 19, 2013 05:26 AM

                That's my thought too.

                Slice it yourself or have the butcher do it for you.

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                  foxspirit RE: C. Hamster Dec 30, 2013 09:38 AM

                  I've never actually seen any supermarket butcher willing to slice stuff for me. And yes, I could do it myself but I was extremely crunched on time and I needed quite a bit of it. Its just easier for me.

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                    C. Hamster RE: foxspirit Dec 30, 2013 11:25 AM

                    The N Quincy Stop and Shop will do things like that for me.

                    But maybe not in the quantity you needed.

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                      MC Slim JB RE: foxspirit Dec 30, 2013 11:57 AM

                      My experience is the opposite. I've never had a supermarket butcher refuse any request to slice a large quantity of meat to order, as long as I was polite and willing to wait a bit. I often take advantage of this when I'm cooking in bulk for a party, like when I need twelve pounds of country-style pork ribs and chuck steak cut into one-inch cubes for chili.


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                    digga RE: MC Slim JB Dec 31, 2013 05:54 PM

                    My (Korean) mom would take issue with that....It's a PITA to cut the meat THAT thinly. Plus Korean mamas usually have shitty-ass knives that can't cut that thinly. Better to ask the butcher to do it for you.

                    That's from the olden days of asking a butcher, fishmonger, or tofu slinger to do something "custom." Those days are disappearing, ain't they?!

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                      MC Slim JB RE: digga Dec 31, 2013 07:52 PM

                      Never had a tofu slinger in my neighborhood growing up, but for as often as I need their help, which is not often, the big supermarket meat counters are still doing what I need on request. And there are still a handful of great fishmongers.


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                        digga RE: MC Slim JB Dec 31, 2013 07:54 PM

                        Reliable in Union Sq used to sling tofu as recently as a few years ago. Don't think they do anymore, but I could be wrong.

                        My mom used to get oxtails and cast-off parts for free from the butcher. That's no longer the case!

                        Anyway, happy 2014 y'all! Wasn't trying to be contentious...just recounting the way it was for me growing up in RI and as a young adult in Boston.

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                          MC Slim JB RE: digga Dec 31, 2013 08:08 PM

                          Hah! No contentiousness taken! I'm just envious of people who grew up around tofu slingers.

                          The old-timiest thing I can cite in that neighborhood is growing up in a tiny town where the milkman still delivered, and their own dairy-branded coffee milk was an option. I used to stop into that dairy after my paper route on hot days and buy a quart of that coffee milk, just as a quick refresher, with pocket change. (I also used to tie an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time.)


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                    krazykid RE: foxspirit Dec 30, 2013 11:53 AM

                    The Meat Store will probably give you the meat you want and cut/sliced to your desire.


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