In the West, we know – and love – Japan for their sushi, but those foodies who really know their food, know and love Japan for one incredible delicacy: Wagyu. Known colloquially as Kobe beef, and shrouded in myth and romance – cows fed beer and leisurely massaged while listening to classical music! - Wagyu refers to specific breeds of cows, with privileged genetics that are further enhanced with breeding techniques, carefully genetic traceability, and attention to feed and stress-free environments.
What makes Japanese Wagyu so special – and what makes it so expensive? It really boils down to the care each cow receives - our premium Miyachiku Wagyu Beef comes from a co-op of 400 farms, and each farmer looks after 4 cows at a time, ensuring each animal receives stellar treatment. Of course, stellar treatment would be nothing if it weren’t for that natural tenderness, exquisite flavor and unmatched melt-in-your mouth texture. This is compliments of a natural abundance of intramuscular fat, known as marbling, a webbing of finely texture fat that melts as the beef cooks. Eating Japanese A5 Wagyu is a transcendental culinary experience, to be savored slowly and in small quantities – a 16 oz steak might feed 4 to 6 people.
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Award-winning A5 Japanese Wagyu Ribeye Steaks are what beef dreams are made of.
Savor one the most premium meats in the world, the exquisite A5 Japanese Wagyu Beef Strip Steak.
Japanese Wagyu, to be authentic, must come from Wagyu breeds like Kuroge Washu, or Japanese Black cow. The meat is graded by the Japanese Meat Grading Association, which examines it to make sure it’s up to standards and gives it a grade. Grades A, B and C are the yield score, while 1 through 5 grade the quality of the meat. A5 is the highest grade possible and in order to achieve this grade, Japanese Wagyu must have a rank of 9 or highest in the BMS scale (what we call the marble score), with even and abundant marbling throughout, a bright cherry color, and a silky texture with a firm texture. The color and luster of the fat is also graded. This is the best beef, of the highest quality possible, and it’s available to you at home when you order online at Gourmet Food Store. We source our A5 Wagyu from the Miyachiku coop in Japan, winner of the last five Wagyu Olympics.