For starter, Wagyu beef is originally from Japan. ‘Wa’ in the Japanese language means Japanese, ‘gyu’ means beef. Wagyu is made from four specific breeds: Japanese Black, Japanese Brown, Japanese Polled and Japanese Shorthorn. Then, they will be exported to countries like Australia, UK, US, and Canada.
How do they raise the cows?
The way Japanese farmers raise their cows become almost legendary to people who live outside of Japan. Special treatment is given to these cows like Japanese farmers massage and occasionally give them beer to drink. It is a practice performed to provide greater comfort to the cows, in order to achieve a better quality of meat.
The difference between Kobe beef and Wagyu beef
So what is Kobe beef?
First of all, all Kobe beef is wagyu beef, but not all Wagyu beef is Kobe beef. For it to be considered Kobe, they have to be a certain standard that meets specific requirements.
Japanese Black or Kuroushi from a certain Wagyu breed are bred in a certain province of Japan (Tajima), in a certain prefecture or region (Hyogo) that can even be called Kobe. Over there, the cows will be graded according to their color, brightness, firmness, texture, and marbling after it is slaughtered. Only the best meat considered to be Kobe. It will be marked with an official seal. The identification number will be given to the meat to track back to its origin.
Recently, Kobe beef was banned from being export out of Japan. Only those who traveled to Japan, they will have the chance to taste the glorious juicy meat. Even though many have not had the pleasure to taste Kobe beef, many have heard of its reputation.
How to differentiate Wagyu beef from the normal beef?
One way of distinguishing Japanese wagyu beef with others is to look for A1 to A5 stamp on the beef, which A5 has the fattiest cut. It is known for its excellent marbling with a high percentage of unsaturated fats. Therefore, Japanese wagyu beef can fetch a higher price, even so, meat lovers claimed that it is worth every penny.
Start to hunt for the best wagyu beef
Now, you know all about wagyu beef. Let’s start searching for it in Kuala Lumpur. The thought of the chunk of meats cooked till outside is caramelized while insides still remain the blushing pink and juiciness of the meat would just make anyone drool.
In Kuala Lumpur, there are many reputable restaurants serving delish wagyu beef. It is common to get it in the best western restaurant in Malaysia, as some smaller western restaurants would skip this costly beef.
When you are out for a romantic dinner with your partner, remember to point to the wagyu beef on the menu and order a glass of wine. It would be the best place for your candlelight dinner on a special day.
Else, to get the best wagyu beef in Kuala Lumpur, try the steakhouse. To be in the competition for providing the best steak in town, the steakhouse in Kuala Lumpur would definitely have wagyu beef in their refrigerator.
Besides these restaurants, to get Japanese wagyu beef, get where it originates from – Japanese restaurant. Their Japanese chef would charcoal grill or just cook it the teppanyaki way, either way, they would carefully sear your precious meat till it melts in your mouth the right way. Check our Marble-8 website to find out more.