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Calgary - Chinese Hot Pot

The Japanese version of hot pot would be Sukiyaki or Shabu-shabu. There are a few places which serve this such as Sukiyaki house or Sushi Hiro. I think the former has moved/disappeared but there's one in Banff as well.

If you want Korean, there's a good place on Macleod (between Stampede and Chinook center) called Seoul.

Nov 08, 2007
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Cochrane... anything to check out?

Lord Finn has pretty good Fish & Chips and MacKay's has some wicked ice cream. As an added bonus, they're both within shouting distance from each other. :)

May 07, 2007
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Where to buy Kal Bi in Calgary

Yeah, I have to admit that the grill looked pretty nasty afterwards. Thankfully, I had a cast iron grill which allowed me to scrape off the tar after I burnt it to a crisp.

I used a Korean marinade by a company called Choripdong. It's called "BBQ Sauce for short rib" :)

May 07, 2007
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Where to buy Kal Bi in Calgary

I ended up buying frozen non marinated kalbi at Arilang. I bought 3 large packs of kalbi which contained around 80pcs and it came out to around $60 which is pretty good.

I also bought a huge bottle of kalbi marinade and soaked the kalbi for around 24hrs in a pair of those aluminum turkey pans along with tons of chopped green onion.

It was a huge hit. Kalbi doesn't take long to cook and it's pretty hard to mess it up on the BBQ. I'll have to do that again but maybe I'll check out Bon Ton to see if I can get some ribs at a better price.

May 07, 2007
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Bragg Creek Rec's

Bragg Creek is home to one of my favorite steak restaurants - the Steak Pit. The food is great and the rustic setting is a big hit with my friends and family out east.

Makes for a great meal after a long day of hiking in Kananaskis.

May 07, 2007
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Where to buy Kal Bi in Calgary

I'm looking for marinated.

Thanks.

Apr 25, 2007
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Where to buy Kal Bi in Calgary

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone knew where I could buy Kal Bi (uncooked) in Calgary?

I know places like Arilang and E-mart carry frozen Kal Bi but I was hoping to find a place which sold fresh Kal Bi in large quantities for a BBQ party. ie. A place I could preorder a bucket full.

Thanks.

Apr 24, 2007
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Wings in Calgary

Wow ! How the heck did I miss that ? Thanks Byex2 Baby !

Nov 11, 2006
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Wings in Calgary

Hi !

Could someone recommend a really good place for wings in Calgary (and vicinity) ? I realize that almost every pub in the city serves wings but is there a place famous for it's wings ? (Kinda like the St. Louis Bar & Grill for those Torontonians on this forum.)

I went to Brewsters at the recommendations of a friend but their wings were so dry. Any drier and they would crumbled to pieces when I picked them up. :)

Nov 11, 2006
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Chowing in Banff?!

One of my favorite places to eat in Banff (as well as being a local favorite) is the Magpie and Stump. It's a Tex-Mex type of restaurant which serves some pretty good food.

The Grizzly house is a favorite of mine but kind of pricey.

Nov 11, 2006
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Kobe Beef Burger at Burger Inn, Calgary, AB

Thanks for the replies !

John, as someone who lived in Toronto for 25 yrs, I know what you mean about Licks. It used to be _the_ place to go.

As for the Kobe Beef burger, if I was running a restaurant and had no choice but to serve the beef in burger form, I'd take an oriental approach and be creative. Like serve it char broiled with some shiitake mushrooms and green onions marinated in a soy sauce mixture. But I guess that's too much to ask for a place like Burger Inn.

I'll stick to their traditional burger next time. ;)

Oct 30, 2006
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Kobe Beef Burger at Burger Inn, Calgary, AB

I had this uncontrollable urge for a burger last night so I drove over to Burger Inn near 4th St and 17th - just a block north of Towa sushi. (The Burner Inn near my house on Bow Trail closes at 8pm so it wasn't an option.)

Of course the whole purpose of the visit was to try their Kobe beef burger so I was pleased to see a large poster at the counter which tried to justify the cost. I was a little disappointed to realize that the "Kobe Beef" isn't from Japan but from some place in Camrose, AB. The poster was a little vague but it seemed to indicate that the beef isn't pure Kobe either... more like a half breed of the Japanese Wagyu cattle and Angus.

Kind of dissapointing since they're asking quite a bit for the burgers. Their "Kobe" burgers come in 4,6,8 oz. sizes and ranged from around $12 to $16. Kinda pricy considering the fact that this isn't some fancy restaurant but a franchise with a cheap-diner type of interior. I ordered the 6oz plus a side order of fries and a pop (~$20) while my hungry friend ordered a 4oz burger, an Elk burger, curly fries and a pop (~$25).

I watched in dismay as they started to cook my frozen-air-hockey-puck-of-a-patty in the back. (Not only is it frozen but it isn't even char broiled ?!) My stare was broken by the lady at the counter who asked me what I wanted on my burger. She recommended that I eat the burger without any condiments to enjoy the flavour of the "Kobe" beef and I agreed. After all, I wasn't about to dish out $15 to taste ketchup or mustard.

Ten minutes later, we were asked to pick up our food. They were laid out on paper plates and consisted of a lightly buttered sesame seed bun with a naked burger along with a small handful of fries. I was a little surprised at the small portion of fries since we paid extra for them but what the heck, I was there for burger.

So how did it taste ? Well, it tasted like a tender burger with no condiments. The burger was tender and juicy and .... as exciting as eating unsalted popcorn. Halfway through the burger, I almost gave in to the Heinz but I forced myself to finish it. Ok, it wasn't bad but I tried to forget the fact that I drove 40 minutes and paid $15 to find this out ! In retrospect, the bugers at Pete's Drive In are just as tender and much tastier. Hmm....

As for my friend, he ate his plain burger with the excitement one would expect from ... eating a plain burger. Every once in a while, he'd turn around to look at the neon sign across the street which said "SUSHI". He'd then look at me with an evil glance before returning to his burger.

The only time he showed anything positive was when he bit into his fries. "Ken ! Try these curly fries ! They're pretty good !", he said. Other than that, his elk burger may as well been deep fried for an hour because it resembled a scotch pad. Oh yeah, he did seem happy when we got up to leave.

So in summary, for those of you interested in trying Kobe beef, I can assure you that it isn't worth trying it in the form of a burger - especially at this particular restaurant. Find a place which serves it as a steak or better yet, visit Japan and try it in the form of sukiyaki or even beef sashimi.

Oct 26, 2006
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