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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Traditional Japanese food - Wagyu Beef

Food Special
Part 5 of 5

Japanese Beef
Wagyu is a type of high-end beef that is currently garnering popularity on a worldwide level. Wagyu brands have a thoroughly controlled bloodline and is raised with extreme care to produce a tender, melt-in-your-mouth, unique flavor and texture. In Tokyo, high level Wagyu can be enjoyed in specialty eateries like Sukiyaki and Steak restaurants. Regions all over Japan serve brands of beef, raised in that very same region. Many people love to enjoy the incredible flavor of Wagyu, alongside sushi. 

Wagyu Dishes

Dishes featuring Wagyu beef are a must-try when coming to Japan. If you like richly flavored foods, Sukiyaki is the choice for you. And if you are in the mood for a light and healthy meal, I personally recommend Shabu-shabu. These are both my favorite dishes. Both of these are pot dishes. If you want to enjoy an even higher level of convenience, steaks are great too. Big cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto have a lot of specialty restaurants dealing in high quality Wagyu beef. 

  • Sukiyaki
The king of Japanese meat cuisine. Cooking styles differ between east and west Japan, but the main style is to flavor thinly sliced beef with soy sauce, sugar, and rice wine and simmer in a pot along with vegetables. Dip in a raw egg sauce when eating to enjoy a mild flavor. 

  • Shabu-shabu
Quickly dip beef strips sliced even thinner than sukiyaki in a simmering broth, then dip them in sauce and eat. This dish brings out the true value of the tender and delicate Wagyu. Here the sauce is a big part of the flavor, with choices like sauce with ground sesame seeds and sauce made from citrus fruit juices.
Shabu-shabu is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki.

  • Steak

Though this is not a style of cooking unique to Japan, it is definitely a great way to enjoy the rich, savory flavor and fine, melt-in-your-mouth marbling unique taste of Wagyu. Try some at a steak restaurant specializing in Wagyu beef.

  • Nigiri-zushi

Though sushi is generally made with seafood, some sushi restaurants and Yakiniku (Korean style barbeque) restaurants do serve nigiri-zushi made with Wagyu. High quality Wagyu has a low temperature tolerance for the marbling texture to melt hence, it melts in your mouth.

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  1. I love wagyu beef! I've only had once chance to try it, but I'd love to travel to JP to try the real deal. Hmm, maybe make a post on soba or udon? (*≧▽≦)

    1. Hey Steph!!
      How was it? Did you like it?
      Did you try it in Sukiyaki or Shabu Shabu?
      These 2 are usually the most popular & are also my personal favorites!
      I always have a hard time trying to decide which to choose!!

      Thanks for the suggestion! I'll get to it when i have more free time!! :)

      Best regards.

  2. I'm hungry looking at the pictures and reading your explanation about wagyu beef haha. I really love Wagyu beef and whenever I have a chance I would choose Wagyu beef :D and nigirizushiiii! <3 I love it too~

    1. ミサちゃん!(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

      I'm myself got so hungry while doing this, and went out to grab something from the Konbini!~
      Nigirizushi is good as you get to taste the pure flavor of the Wagyu.


  3. Oh my... everything looks so yummy! :)
    Great post, very informative~~

    1. Hi jo-ann!

      Are you a beef lover too?
      Hope it increased your appetite!! =P

      Thanks for dropping by!


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