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Wagyu Beef: Unveiling The Secrets of The Most Expensive Beef in The World!

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Calling for all meat lovers in KL! Today, we will be exploring some interesting facts about the undisputed King of all premium meat, also known as the most expensive beef in the world! “Melt-in-the-mouth”, “to-die-for” or “highly sought-after” are terms you often hear when people mention about this meat.

 

Yes, it’s no doubt the world-famous Wagyu beef!

 

What is Wagyu?

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This "Wagyu Mark" is a proof of authenticity which is only for Wagyu born and raised in Japan.

You might have tasted Wagyu beef before, but these facts that we are about to unveil will make you appreciate Wagyu beef on a whole new level! Let’s start with an easy one, did you know the word “Wagyu” literally means “Japanese beef”? Little do people know, to be considered an Authentic Wagyu beef, the beef needs to be imported from Japan and bears the trademarked logo, which was established in 2007.

Now let me throw you a curveball, not all cattle raised in Japan qualifies as Wagyu. What? Yes, to be clear, only four breeds are officially approved and registered for Wagyu beef including Japanese Black, Japanese Brown, Japanese Shorthorn and Japanese Polled.

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These are the four breeds of Wagyu with only the Japanese Black and Japanese Brown available outside Japan.

Nonetheless, there are actually Wagyu beef from other parts of the world such as Australia, USA, Europe and beyond but ultimately Japan is home to the highest number of purebred Wagyu.

Why is Wagyu expensive?

Some may ask, why is Wagyu Beef so expensive? In short, it’s the rearing method that makes this beef highly priced. Born and raised on the land of the rising sun, Wagyu cows are treated like a “king” and most probably eat healthier than many of us.

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These Wagyu cows are given the freedom to roam and graze green grasses and occasionally fed with a lot of vegetables and fruits. On top of that, these cattle are also given extra vitamin and calcium. Reason being the feeding management is considered a key to the final meat quality.

And that is why Wagyu beef fetch quite a hefty price. As a matter of fact, it can be up to three times pricier than an European premium beef. However, once you tasted its marbling meat, you will agree that it’s worth every penny you pay for it.

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In terms of grading, the Japan Meat Grading Association gives each piece of meat a score based on its yield (A-C) and level of marbling, firmness, colour and overall quality (1-5), with A5 being the highest possible mark.

Where to eat Wagyu in Klang Valley?

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Here’s the most interesting part, where to try some melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu beef in KL? Guess what, we already have a list of top restaurants in KL that’s offering Wagyu beef dishes lined up for you!

You can expect to find Wagyu Beef prepared in a variety of styles at these top restaurants, so be sure to try all of them. No matter how you like it to be cooked, we are sure you will find your favourite Wagyu dish!

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Top 5 Favourite Steakhouses in KL

Food Trend 2017 3.0 : Top 5 Favourite Steakhouses in Kuala Lumpur

Great steaks are hard to find and when you’ve found it, please be sure they are in your good-steaks-list. Here’s a list of readers' choices for steaks, do read more for a salivating experience!

PAMPAS Group
(Pampas Reserve, Pampas Sky Dining, Pampas Steakhouse at Old Malaya)

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Pampas Group with its slogan ‘IN STEAKS WE TRUST’, founded based on the dream to serve quality and affordable steaks in a cozy, semi-fine dining setting with an unchallenged service. They are known for their quality succulent and grilled to perfection steaks since their establishment in 2005. All steaks are served juicy and tender with different complements in different cuts. Therefore, ensure that you make the right choice when choosing your preference. For those who can’t decide which cut to choose from, there’s a choice of T-Bone Steak, where the portion comprised of tenderloin and a strip separated by a T-shaped bone. Like what Pampas Group always say, ‘There is no SINCERER LOVE than the LOVE OF FOOD!’
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Stoked Restaurant & Bar, Damansara

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Stoked Restaurant & Bar aims to adapt into showcasing the best of ingredients by adopting the ‘Locavore’ philosophy in sourcing locally grown seasonal produce. Central to many dishes in the menu is Asia’s first Bertha cast-iron charcoal oven fuelled by a combination of wood and charcoal to elevate the flavours of grilled meat. Stoked takes great pride in their meats preparation by offering chilled prime cuts of steaks, just to name a few, Grain-Fed Black Angus Tenderloin, Limestone Ridge Wagyu Rump and few more. Diners can also choose their own complements for the meat, from vegetables to roots vegetables. A cuppa coffee/tea should be considered to end your meal with if you are not a wine-lover.
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The Steakhouse KL, Changkat Bukit Bintang

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Established within the vicinity of Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur, The Steakhouse KL, is known for its charcoal grilled steaks, a style popularised by the Argentinians. Ranking one of the Top 10 restaurants in KL on TripAvisor, The Steakhouse has built its reputation amongst the tourists from around the world for its juicy, tender and succulent steaks. Choose from chilled aged black angus to grain fed selections and cuts, and your steaks will be served perfectly for your enjoyment. Their variations of Surf n Turf are not to be missed as they are of the best companion to each other in a dish. When you are in The Steakhouse, always remember to end your meal with their classical yet ever-demanding housemade dessert namely Werner’s Special.
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Chambers Grill, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

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Chambers Grill, Hilton Kuala Lumpur is renowned with their innovative grilling method over lava stone, charcoal or on ‘robatayaki’ style to make perfect meats. Rest assure that Chambers Grill’s premium Black Angus beef, Grain/Grass-fed, is raised free from antibiotics, hormones and growth stimulants and it is healthy to be consumed even for a toddler. Wagyu beef that is served in Chambers is also one of the premium selections amongst the meats. It is sourced from one of Australia’s most awarded Wagyu producers ‘Sher’ owned by Sher family producing Full Blood and F1 Crosses since 1991. The combination of the innovation of grilling method with the premium meats here will definitely prepare you for countless carnivorous feasts! So, do indulge your taste buds into this now!
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Las Vacas 
(Las Vacas Yap Kwan Seng, Las Vacas Sunway Putra Mall, Stacks by Las Vacas)

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Las Vacas is one of the largest steaks place in town with a butcher shop adjoining to the restaurant itself. Their main concept is very clear to the fact that the meat is their main event, encompassing everything from beef croquettes to beef bruschetta. Every single dish here is too flavourful to resist. The meats served here are halal and you are always welcomed to pair it with a glass of great wine. Las Vacas was shortlisted Best for Meat in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2012 and 2013, 100% voted for by the people of KL.
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A bath and a tenderloin steak. Those are the high points of a man's life.
– Curt Siodmak