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Best Kalbi - Final Results and Rankings



Click on a Judge to see their profile. Mouse over each Judge's score to see their comment explaining that score and a score breakdown. A complete list of judge's comments is located below the results table. Scoring was weighted with Taste=50%, Texture=30% and Presentation=20%. The highest score for each judge is highlighted in yellow. The second highest score for each judge is highlighted in brown.




Judge's Comments


#1 Kum Chee Korean Buffet

Judge 1 - Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 6. Eh...average.

Judge 2 - Taste 7...Texture 5...Presentation 7. Tender. Good taste.

Judge 3 - Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 9.

Judge 4 - Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 5.

Judge 5 - Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 5. Nice balanced flavor.

Judge 6 - Taste 7.5...Texture 8.5...Presentation 9. Good piece of meat.

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 8...Presentation 8. Soft. Kinda steakish again. Better taste, but not really kalbi.
Judge 8 - Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 9. Plentiful, moist, good flavor, best combo of taste. Just right thickness of meat. Nice grill presentation. Shiny.
Judge 9 - Taste 7...Texture 8...Presentation 9. Grill marks, nice tone, thick but tender, slightly spicy, not too sweet, not too oily, slightly gamey.

#2 Yummy Korean Bbq

Judge 1 - Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 7. Korean Bbq.

Judge 2 - Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 6. Really tender. Good taste.

Judge 3 - Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 9.

Judge 4 - Taste 8.5...Texture 8...Presentation 8. Full of flavor.

Judge 5 - Taste 6...Texture 5...Presentation 5.

Judge 6 - Taste 8...Texture 5.5...Presentation 9. Tough but tasty.

Judge 7 - Taste 8...Texture 9...Presentation 8. Soft...nice, good taste, fatty and you can smell the sauce.
Judge 8 - Taste 6...Texture 9...Presentation 9. Tender. Just right thickness, too sweet, nice color, nice presentation.
Judge 9 - Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Dark brown, carmelized, salty.

#3 Homemade Korean Secret Special Kalbi

Judge 1 - Taste 7...Texture 3...Presentation 8. Shimmery, tough, taste different, thick, enjoyed the after flavor, sauce brushed on while cooked.

Judge 2 - Taste 2...Texture 3...Presentation 6. I don't like the taste. Fatty.
Judge 3 - Taste 6...Texture 4...Presentation 8. Good flavor, but not kalbi style.

Judge 4 - Taste 8...Texture 7...Presentation 9. Very different taste but unique and tasty.

Judge 5 - Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 6.

Judge 6 - Taste 7...Texture 8...Presentation 9.5. Slight aftertaste of lighter fluid.

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Good but more steakish again.
Judge 8 - Taste 4...Texture 7...Presentation 9. Red flakes, aftertaste, not traditional kalbi taste, shiny, sesame seeds, juicy, carmelized, chewy. Nice color of meat.
Judge 9 - Taste 4...Texture 7...Presentation 9. Pepper flakes, brown, even coloring, sweet, peppery, no depth.

#4 Gina's Bbq

Judge 1 - Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 7. Not tasty, but I liked the flavor. Simple.

Judge 2 - Taste 5...Texture 7...Presentation 7.

Judge 3 - Taste 6...Texture 8...Presentation 7. Good flavor, but more steak-style.

Judge 4 - Taste 5...Texture 6...Presentation 7.5.

Judge 5 - Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 5. As basic as it gets.

Judge 6 - Taste 4.5...Texture 7...Presentation 7.5.

Judge 7 - Taste 5...Texture 7...Presentation 7. Again steakish. Not much flavor, but soft.
Judge 8 - Taste 5...Texture 7...Presentation 8. Plentiful in presentation. Shiny, dark meat, no bone, bland, tender, sauce not complex, shoyu only?
Judge 9 - Taste 4...Texture 6...Presentation 5. Black, thin, trimmed, bland, salty, oily, strong shoyu taste.

#5 Bob's Bbq

Judge 1 - Taste 8...Texture 7...Presentation 7. Tender, pre-soaked meat.

Judge 2 - Taste 6...Texture 3...Presentation 3. Fatty-grisly. Taste is good, but I don't like the fat part.

Judge 3 - Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 6.

Judge 4 - Taste 5...Texture 8...Presentation 7. Lacks flavor but tender.

Judge 5 - Taste 5...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Nice koge-ness to it.

Judge 6 - Taste 6...Texture 8.5...Presentation 7.5. Tender. Good mix of fat and meat.

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 7. Softer, short taste a little. (We at WOW Grinds don't know what this means)
Judge 8 - Taste 3...Texture 8...Presentation 7. Tender, gamey taste, see grill marks, nice presentation.
Judge 9 - Taste 2...Texture 6...Presentation 7. Brown sugar complexation, burnt at edges, salty, gamey, oily.

#6 Young's Kalbee

Judge 1 - Taste 6...Texture 4...Presentation 3. Supermarket meat? Sweet.

Judge 2 - Taste 6...Texture 5...Presentation 5. Very tender, not tough, sweet.

Judge 3 - Taste 6...Texture 5...Presentation 5. Too sweet.

Judge 4 - Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 5. A lot of fat.
Judge 5 - Taste 5...Texture 4...Presentation 4. Too sweet.

Judge 6 - Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 5. Small piece of meat.

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 6. A little thin, kinda rubbery, decent taste.
Judge 8 - Taste 7...Texture 5...Presentation 6. Sweet taste. Kinda tough meat. Thin stringy meat.
Judge 9 - Taste 8...Texture 6...Presentation 8. Good smell, thin, sweet, oily, soft texture, slight taste of lighter fluid.

#7 Spicy Ahi & Bbq

Judge 1 - Taste 8...Texture 8...Presentation 6. Not fully cooked. Is this the challenger's entry?

Judge 2 - Taste 4...Texture 7...Presentation 4. Very tender. Tastes strange to me. Bland.

Judge 3 - Taste 7...Texture 6...Presentation 6.

Judge 4 - Taste 7.5...Texture 7...Presentation 6.

Judge 5 - Taste 4...Texture 5...Presentation 4.

Judge 6 - Taste 3...Texture 6...Presentation 4.5.

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Good garlic, but not much taste.
Judge 8 - Taste 5...Texture 7...Presentation 6. Bland, average, garlicky.
Judge 9 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 6. First taste salty-slightly sweet. But lighter fluid like after taste. Light garlic.

#8 May's Hawaii Frozen Kalbi (wildcard/control entry)

Judge 1 - Taste 7...Texture 7...Presentation 7. Hibachi cooked? Thicker. Smoked flavor.

Judge 2 - Taste 2...Texture 4...Presentation 6. Stringy. Smokey. Tough. Fatty.

Judge 3 - Taste 6...Texture 6...Presentation 7. Smokey flavor.

Judge 4 - Taste 7...Texture 5...Presentation 8. Good grilled taste. Meat was tough.

Judge 5 - Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 6.

Judge 6 - Taste 5...Texture 7...Presentation 8.

Judge 7 - Taste 5...Texture 4...Presentation 7. Already cut? A little dry, more like thin steak. Small kine lighter fluid.
Judge 8 - Taste 4...Texture 6...Presentation 7. Thicker cuts, slightly charred, taste more of grill. Plain taste.
Judge 9 - Taste 4...Texture 6...Presentation 6. Dark, burnt, salty, slightly bland, oily, tender.

#9 Kiawe Grill

Judge 1 - Taste 8.5...Texture 8...Presentation 5. Tender, sweet, most tasty.

Judge 2 - Taste 4...Texture 5...Presentation 7. Grisly, sweet, soft, easy to cut and chew.

Judge 3 - Taste 4...Texture 6...Presentation 3. Sub-par presentation.

Judge 4 - Taste 4...Texture 5...Presentation 4.

Judge 5 - Taste 2...Texture 3...Presentation 3. All wrong, unnatural combo of spices.

Judge 6 - Taste 3...Texture 7...Presentation 4. Weird taste and aftertaste.

Judge 7 - Taste 6...Texture 7...Presentation 7. Jerky-ish? Sesame? Soft though.
Judge 8 - Taste 4...Texture 8...Presentation 6. Color of meat is darker, grill marks, longer, more substantial pieces of meat. Chinese 5 spice?
Judge 9 - Taste 4...Texture 6...Presentation 4. Grill marks, light brown, tender, oily, slightly sweet, Chinese jerky tasting, flecks of cabbage.

#10 Soon's Kal-bi Drive-In

Judge 1 - Taste 3...Texture 3...Presentation 5. Pre-frozen kalbi?

Judge 2 - Taste 1...Texture 2...Presentation 5. Tough. Too chewy. Strange taste.

Judge 3 - Taste 4...Texture 3...Presentation 6.

Judge 4 - Taste 1...Texture 2...Presentation 4. Tastes like lamb.

Judge 5 - Taste 3...Texture 2...Presentation 3. Very tough, don't think this is beef and I don't think that's a good thing.

Judge 6 - Taste 5...Texture 5...Presentation 5.5. Looks dry.

Judge 7 - Taste 4...Texture 2...Presentation 5. TOUGH!
Judge 8 - Taste 2...Texture 2...Presentation 7. Meat looks old and dry. Hard to cut, broke the fork, lamb? Gamey. Tough. I spit it out!
Judge 9 - Taste 0...Texture 0...Presentation 4. Grill marks, dark brown, chewy, gamey, very dry.