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Where can I buy raw Korean short ribs (kalbi

cairnstone Feb 3, 2014 05:50 PM

I took a afternoon cooking course recently and one of the dishes was Korean short ribs. Where do you buy these treats. I have trouble paying $20 a KG from K mart. I may as well cook up rib eye

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    cairnstone Feb 11, 2014 01:12 PM

    Thanks all. Bought some from the Korean butcher on Kingsway. And just my luck they are on sale at thrifty's a week later

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      Scoffier Feb 9, 2014 11:51 PM

      Would the thin cut Maui style work for you?
      In the current Thrifty's flyer:
      "Fresh Canadian Beef Short Ribs (Regular, Thick Cut or Thin Cut Maui Style), All Size Packages - - $4.99 Per lb, $11.00/kg"

      1. flowbee Feb 4, 2014 08:41 PM

        Wait, which cut of short rib are you looking for? The one pictured here? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galbi

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          LotusRapper Feb 4, 2014 08:49 PM

          Good Q.

          Or like this:



          1. re: LotusRapper
            kinnickinnik Feb 4, 2014 09:21 PM

            2nd photo: <<drool>>

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              LotusRapper Feb 4, 2014 09:38 PM

              Yeah I was gettin' hungry looking at them too.

            2. re: LotusRapper
              Georgia Strait Feb 5, 2014 09:31 AM

              hi LR - yes, I was curious too - is the CUT for Korean the same as Maui (which any good old western cdn knows - well - from 1970's Maui Azeka market in Kihei -------

              and then there's the flavor (marinade) - is that similar?

              just a question - if you know the comparison I am interested to learn - thank you!

              1. re: Georgia Strait
                LotusRapper Feb 6, 2014 08:27 PM

                Hi GS,

                I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination. I've seen the same cross-wise cuts in some stores (ie: IGA) labeled as Maui ribs. Honestly I have no idea on the origins of Maui ribs, you seem to know. IIRC from past experience, Maui ribs don't taste garlicky. Whereas kalbi/galbi and many things Korean are *very* garlicky. And I'm not complaining.

                From our Korean neighbors, I do know they said kalbi (galbi) marinade contains pear, or pear juice. Not sure why. These recipes seem to substantiate that:



                1. re: LotusRapper
                  À la carte Feb 6, 2014 09:52 PM

                  The pear is, I think, used to tenderize the meat. Kind of like papaya enzymes.

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                    LotusRapper Feb 6, 2014 10:02 PM

                    Thanks :-)

                    I have a bottle of "bulgogi bbq sauce" in the fridge. Label says 17% pear puree.

                  2. re: LotusRapper
                    Georgia Strait Feb 9, 2014 06:56 PM

                    hi LR - that's interesting

                    ... ps - the reason i connect Maui HI + western Cdns is that it seemed in those days (1970's resource boom out west here) - it seemed like everyone's family had a condo there - for many from Vancouver to Edmtn - holiday was in Kihei (gravel road all along the waterfront - Kamole beaches)

                    i read somewhere I think on CHound some months ago about how that Maui Rib sauce in bottles that's commonly placed in the butcher dept at most IGA or Safeway stores here in BC - it's not avail in WA State - the urban myth is something about copyright - not sure on that detail - but have a look next time you're in BHam to see if it's down there.

                    oh - here we go - see the 2nd post down on this thread - 2007 - Albion Fisheries license re: Maui Rib marinade.

                    here's a bit of story - plus recipe

                    as also posted here

                    1. re: Georgia Strait
                      LotusRapper Feb 9, 2014 08:21 PM

                      Interesting history.

                      Just googled "maui ribs sauce" and this was one of the hits:


                      Wonder if this is related to the Azeka Ribs folks ? The Azeka's business appears closed for a few years now, and their URL no longer works.

                      1. re: LotusRapper
                        brokentelephone Feb 10, 2014 04:45 PM

                        That is the brand you find at IGA, Safeway, etc., and they rule!

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              cairnstone Feb 4, 2014 08:31 PM

              thanks all. I can find the short ribs lots of places. I am just to cheap to pay 10 dollars a pound for the ribs. As I don't think they are worth that much when you can get better cuts of meat for less

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              1. re: cairnstone
                brokentelephone Feb 5, 2014 06:55 AM

                I thought you were too cheap to pay 20? 10 seems pretty reasonable, if very cheap.

                Any butcher with a bandsaw will cut. Try The Butcher on 10th, some of the guys there are OK

              2. LotusRapper Feb 4, 2014 08:26 PM

                T&T might have it.

                1. KarenDW Feb 4, 2014 07:58 PM

                  I seem to recall that Beefway can slice for you.

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                    brokentelephone Feb 4, 2014 06:48 AM

                    Sometimes IGA, they call them maui ribs. Or just but short ribs yourself. you wont get the bone but you can slice in the same direction.

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                      kinnickinnik Feb 3, 2014 07:54 PM

                      Hankook meats on Kingway (just W of Boundary)
                      (no personal experience but it was recommended to me)

                      ETA their minimal website http://hankookmeat.ca/

                      1. flowbee Feb 3, 2014 06:14 PM

                        Korean supermarkets like Hanam, H-Mart, Kim's Mart...or korean butchers (can't recall where but I have seen the odd one around town).

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