Sunday, October 9, 2011

Love at First Bite: Wagyu Beef

Ever heard of the famous Wagyu Beef? 

If not, you have no idea what you're missing. The Wagyu beef is known as the most expensive meat in the world because of it's super, super tender meat and the production of Wagyu beef is an expensive and time consuming process.

The Wagyu beef is grown from the Wagyu cattle. All their lives, the Wagyu cattle have lived a life of luxury because it drinks beer and gets massages everyday to make its' muscles relaxed and soft. Even on the day of slaughter, the Wagyu cows are killed in a split second before they even saw it coming. How?

Usually, when anybody knows they're gonna die, their muscles get tensed because they're scared out of their wits! The same goes with the Wagyu cows. No matter how much beer and how well their massage is, all the effort will go to waste if the cows are slaughtered like any other cows; their muscles will be tense once they know they're gonna die which totally defeats the point of getting soft meat from them.

So, to overcome this problem, the cows are given beer and massages like any other day on the day of their slaughter. The worker who massages the cow would keep massaging the cow, and then... BOOM! He hits the spine of the cow with an electric shock which immediately kills the cow in a second. Thus, the meat will be very soft and tender.

Last night, our whole family had the pleasure of having Wagyu beef for dinner thanks to my cousin who came back from Australia and got the Wagyu Beef we asked for.

Here, we have 5kg of Wagyu beef in our fridge. It costs about RM1000 altogether, but it was worth it!

The Wagyu beef in Australia is a lot cheaper compared to the ones sold locally here in Malaysia. The Wagyu beef we got from Australia is from the Victoria Market in Melbourne. There, you can find only ONE stall that ever sells this kind of meat.

When we were in Melbourne the last time, I believe the Wagyu beef costs about 60 AUD (RM180)  per kilo. In Malaysia, the Wagyu beef costs about RM800 per kilo!

If you notice the marbling on the meat, you'll find that the Wagyu beef has layers of fats in between its muscles which makes it even softer than any other normal beef!

Now I know what you're thinking; 'Eww... too much fats. It's not very healthy. Its not good for the heart!'. Before you girls cringe at the word 'fats', here's the best part about this beef; its fats are actually GOOD for you!

Yes, I kid you not. Research has proven that the Wagyu beef is higher in monounsaturated fats (like olive oil) than normal beef. This means it melts at a lower temperature and its better for your heart than saturated fats like butter. Plus, monounsaturated fats also helps to reduce cholesterol level.

Hmm... delicious AND healthy! Too good to be true!

Anyway, we had a great combination of food last night.

We have salad, SUSHI, pizza, and some wine to go with the beef.

Here, we pan fried the Wagyu beef with sesame sauce to give the meat some taste.

When I took my first bite out of that piece of meat, I felt a sensation in my mouth; the softness of the meat, the taste of beef and salt on my tongue and everything felt wonderful for a second. I'm in love. That's just it; I fell in love at first bite. 

It was truly delicious. And with some rice from the sushi with a sip of red wine, everything is balanced perfectly.

We certainly had a wonderful evening together as a family last night...

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