Kobe Beef! U Jelly?
Back in April 2010 I went with Lauren to visit Kobe in Japan and one of our goals was to try authentic Kobe beef (神戸ビーフ). Kobe beef refers to cuts of beef from the black Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu …
Beef at Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo
Fougoo posted up pictures from the amazing basement food section of the Takashimiya department store. I went with her brother over to the most amazing beef selection I have ever seen. If steaks in US stores only looked half as good as these cuts. I have heard the description of marbling of fat, but these pieces of beef are ridiculous. I think the top steaks are equivalent to Prime cuts, but the ones just above are Kobe or Wagyu Beef steaks. These were thinly sliced pieces- possibly to eat…
Food's Biggest Scam: The Great Kobe Beef Lie
It is impossible to say exactly what you are getting in your "Kobe" slider, or $100 Faux-be strip, but one thing is certain - it is not Japanese Kobe beef. For the past two years, it has not been any kind of Japanese beef at all.
Urasawa — A Life Worth Eating
There are few chefs who tell a story without speaking, who can transport diners to a far away place without ever stepping on an airplane, and who can make diners feel at home and comfortable without taking off their shoes. Chef Hiro Urasawa is one of those chefs. And he does it all with a wide smile
Kobe Beef: Food’s Biggest Scam?
If you, like many Americans, think you’ve tasted Kobe beef, think again. Unless you’ve actually been to Japan and tasted it there, you haven’t had the real thing, because you cannot buy Kobe beef in this country. If you’ve ever specifically ordered something called “Kobe beef” on a menu, we hope it was delicious… but it wasn’t Kobe beef.
Food's Biggest Scam, Part 2: "Domestic" Kobe And Wagyu Beef
There is no authentic Japanese Kobe beef sold in this country, anyplace. Not one slice of it. What is heavily marketed as Kobe beef on menus is at best an imitation of Japanese beef, and at worst has no relationship whatsoever to the genuine article.