If you are a foodie, you must have heard the name Wagyu beef at least once in your life. Wagyu is the most expensive beef breed in the world, in 2002, a Wagyu cow was released from the farm for up to $ 400,000 a head. You do not hear wrong, the value of the cow is now comparable to the world’s super cars.
On average, 1kg of Wagyu beef costs about 400 USD, equivalent to nearly 10 million VND. Such an expensive price, but in return Wagyu beef is both greasy, soft and melts in the mouth, bringing a new experience and making diners completely satisfied.
What makes Wagyu beef so expensive?
The reason Wagyu beef is expensive is because their meat contains many nutrients such as omega-3, omega-6 with a ratio that is much higher than that of regular beef. The characteristic of Wagyu beef is that there are thick veins of fat alternating between layers of meat, making their appearance like pink red marble. Their fat is studied to possess a large proportion of monounsaturated fat, which is both delicious and healthy. It is this texture that makes this meat dish have a delicious taste that is superior to other types of beef. Wagyu beef is often used to make beefsteak to keep the tenderness and deliciousness of the meat.
Before being exported to the market, each piece of Wagyu beef will be rigorously tested according to Japanese standards, regardless of whether it is raised in any country. Some rating scales include: BMS (Beef Marbling Standard) beef fat scale with 12 steps, meat quality performance score with 15 steps. The higher the quality of the meat, the more expensive it is.
Another reason why Wagyu beef is expensive is because only cows that are raised according to strict rules and approved by the Japanese government are recognized as Wagyu cows. In other words, the amount of Wagyu beef is not much, of which Kobe beef, the type of beef of the Tajima-gyu breed that is grown and even slaughtered in Hyogo Prefecture, is even rarer. It is known that only about 3000 Kobe cows are released each year. This is a type of meat that is not allowed to be carried out of Japan.
The royal life of Wagyu cows
Wagyu cows raised in Japan take more than 30 months to release compared to this breed of cows raised in the US which only takes about 4-5 months. Therefore, the quality of meat in Japan is always appreciated because it takes more care.
There are 300 varieties of Wagyu but there are 10 regions with the best quality, the most famous of which are Kobe and Matsusaka. People often gossip about the elaborate ways of raising Kobe cows of the Japanese such as letting the cows listen to music, massage, drink beer,… Indeed, since they were calves, Lobe cows had a recipe. Strict diet includes grains and grass, then they are also given music, massage every day to give the best quality meat.
Currently, you can buy Wagyu beef at some online systems such as gofood, alofood, thitbowwagyu, the average price is from 4 to 8 million/kg, depending on the type.