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Monday, February 23, 2009

OC's Korean Supermarket: Freshia

Some assume that living in Orange County you do not have access to very many international foods, but there are quite a few ethnic supermarkets in Orange County to meet the needs of any international chef cooking at home. One of my favorites is located in Tustin and called Freshia. You can find a variety of Asian foods at Freshia, but most of their products are centered around Korean cuisine. If you love Korean BBQ you can find all the ingredients at this great supermarket and they also have amazing produce at reasonable prices. On a shopping trip to Freshia I usually pick up Kimchi, Short Ribs for BBQ, ingredients for marinade, produce, and rice. Don't worry, if you don't feel like cooking there is also a yummy food court.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes for Korean BBQ from food tv:


  • 4 large short ribs
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sake (recommended: Han Soju)
  • Cucumber Kimchi, recipe follows, optional


Score ribs every 1/2-inch along the length and width of the bone, making sure not to cut too deep so the meat will stay attached to the bone.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl to make the marinade. Pour the marinade over the ribs and push the sauce into the cuts so it gets all the way down to the bone. Turn the ribs over face down in the marinade and cover for a minimum of 2 hours or refrigerate overnight for a stronger flavor.

Remove ribs from the marinade and barbecue over a charcoal grill.

xoxo, C

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