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Japanese Hotel’s $900 Wagyu Steak-Topped Burger Pays Tribute To Country’s New ‘Reiwa’ Era

It’s literally the end of an era in Japan right now. When Emperor Akihito abdicates his throne at the end of April, a new Emperor, Naruhito, will take his place. This will end Japan’s Heisei Era and mark the start of a new one, the Reiwa Era.

As a result, the entire country is abuzz with celebrations that both celebrate and commemorate the Heisei period while building up hype for a brand new start come May 1st. One of the more grandiose food celebrations comes courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, whose Golden Giant Burger at the Oak House Steakhouse heralds in the new era.

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Weighing a solid 3 kilograms (over 6 pounds), the beefy burger comes with standard accoutrements like aioli, tomato, lettuce, and cheddar. Then come the unconventional ones, like sliced Kuroge Wagyu beef steak, foie gras, a generous helping of truffles shaved tableside, and a gold-dusted bun.

The burger comes with salad and fried potato wedges, alongside a magnum of champagne, red wine, or white wine. In total, the entire meal costs about 100,000 yen ($900 US) and can feed 6-8 people.

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In a way, this burger is an absolutely fitting manner in which to celebrate the new Emperor’s coronation. That event marks the beginning of the Reiwa Era, and “Reiwa” in Japanese translates to “Beautiful Harmony.” The imagery of the gold-dusted bun as well as the exquisite flavors paired with the burger can definitely evoke those emotions. Its size and fancier ingredients also call to the regality of an occasion like the start of a new period in Japanese history.

To celebrate this transitional period, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Oak Door Steakhouse will have this burger on the menu until June 30th. Reservations for it are required 3 days in advance.

[h/t SoraNews24]

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If In-N-Out Ever Served Wagyu Beef, This Might Be What It Looks And Tastes Like

 

In-N-Out fans already know how fire their classic Double Doubles are, especially done Animal Style. If the chain were to ever take that up a notch and create a wagyu beef version, that would truly be the burger of our dreams.

One Seattle restaurant has gotten us a bite closer to what that might taste like with their own tribute to the In-N-Out staple.

 

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This tribute to the Animal Style Double-Double comes courtesy of Sawyer, a restaurant known for their elevated twists on comfort classics. Their burger, called the Animal Style, features two wagyu beef patties, a caramelized onion mornay sauce, tomato, lettuce, secret sauce, and sour pickles.

Foodbeast Theresa Tran had a chance to try the burger, and loved the take on her favorite cheeseburger. “It’s like the classic Double Double just glowed up and became super sophisticated,” she gushed. Fellow Foodbeast Ricky Zollinger concurred on that opinion, calling the Animal Style was like In-N-Out’s signature “on burger steroids.”

Maybe some day, In-N-Out will open up a fancy version of itself and have wagyu on the menu. Until then, we’ll have Sawyer’s version in Seattle, Washington to live out that fantasy for us.

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Real Wagyu Beef Made Without Killing Cows Is Officially In The Works

Wagyu beef, in all of its forms, is considered to be one of the highest-quality steaks you can find on the planet. For the first time ever, a wagyu farm is looking into putting their luxurious beef into a cruelty-free format.

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Toriyama, a Japanese wagyu producer whose beef is served around the world, is teaming up with futuristic protein company JUST to create a cultured, or “lab-grown,” version of the coveted cow. A recently signed agreement between JUST (formerly Hampton Creek), Toriyama, and Awano Food Group aims to develop, commercialize, and sell the cuts of wagyu around the world.

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For Toriyama, it means they gain an expanded market as they’re able to produce more beef than the heads of cattle available on their farm at the same quality and a potentially lower price in years to come. JUST, meanwhile, is looking to expand their “clean protein” program. They already produced plant-based scrambled eggs and have lab-grown chicken meat in the works. Going for wagyu beef is a bold move, but if successful, would increase its sustainability and accessibility around the world.

It’ll be interesting to see exactly how JUST aims to replicate the marbling a piece of wagyu steak has from using cellular agriculture techniques. The contract was just recently signed, so development is still in the early stages for this novel form of one of the world’s most prized beef types.

JUST anticipates that the first product made with Toriyama’s cattle will be ground or minced wagyu, but hopes to offer prime cuts afterward.

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There’s no current timetable on when the public will be able to try some of this cultured wagyu, but when it does become available, it will certainly be a game-changer for not just the wagyu industry, but for all beef in general.

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American Wagyu Producer Helps Veterans Transition Following Military Service

While it may not have the marbling or prestige of the Japanese version, American wagyu beef is still a high-quality meat that takes a lot of TLC to raise. One producer, KC Cattle Company, also produces their wagyu with a heartwarming mission: to help military veterans get back up on their feet.

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Owned by former Army Ranger Patrick Montgomery, the farmers and ranch hands that tend to KC’s cattle are also all veterans. For Montgomery, it’s a way to help them find footing once they’re released from military service.

“It’s tough transitioning from the military to the civilian world and going back to college,” Montgomery divulged. “There’s a lot of veterans that don’t have a good support system when they get out or their only plan is to go back to school.”

After getting his degree in meat science from the University of Missouri, Montgomery started the cattle company after discovering how he and other veterans felt taking care of the cows.

“I found peace while I was out working with cattle, and I fell in love with it,” he said. “I saw the benefit that it would have when my veteran friends were transitioning out of the military. I saw how it helped them, just being out here and working with the cattle and having a purpose again. A lot of the guys we work with are trying to find their next path in life, and so we’re either that next step or a transition with that good environment that’s helpful and pushes you to find that next thing that you’re truly passionate about.”

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For Montgomery and his workers, finding that level of peace helps both them and the quality of the cattle they raise. The attention to detail his crew gives to the herd makes a huge difference in the final beef to the point that BBQ competition teams ask for their briskets when they’re in Kansas City for a major contest.

“We truly believe in providing a low-stress environment,” he said. “You can absolutely tell the difference between an animal that’s going crazy and one of ours that’s nice and calm, cool and collected the entire time they’re here. We try to model our finishing feed as close as possible to what the Japanese do for their wagyu beef. We use a wagyu Holstein mix… the marbling potential is almost as good, the melting temperature is a little higher.”

KC Cattle Company invests a lot into the care they give both their employees and cattle, but that doesn’t mean they charge absurd amounts for their beef. While a lot of companies sell American wagyu or “Kobe” at a lofty price point, Montgomery’s beef comes at a pretty solid cost. His ground beef goes for $9.99 a pound, cheaper than several American wagyu competitors that charge anywhere from $15-$30 for the same quantity.

“We wanted our prices to reflect what the cattle actually costs us, we don’t want to rip people off,” Montgomery said. “We felt like that was a good way to give back to the customer, we’re proud of our product, but not so proud that we want to rip people off.”

A chunk of Montgomery’s market comes from places like California and the East Coast, where people are looking for the higher-quality cuts to indulge on more often. While folks in his hometown aren’t as keen to spend over $20 on a cut of steak, they often come once for the veteran-owned message, and stay with it once they learn how good the beef is.

KC Cattle Company does have nationwide shipping available for the contiguous United States, with an online store set up to get your steaks from.

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Costco Is Low-Key Selling A TON Of A5 Wagyu Beef On Their Website

A5 wagyu beef is considered to be one of the most expensive meats on the planet. Prized for its exquisite marbling and incredible fat quality, a slice of this steak almost melts away the instant it hits your tongue. While it may seem that you can only find it at the most select of restaurants in this country, it’s actually low-key accessible to almost anyone, thanks to Costco.

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On their online store, you can find an assortment of A5 and other variants of wagyu for sale. In terms of the A5 quality, there’s center cut New York Strips, Filet Mignons, and whole tenderloin roasts available. Of course, since this is Costco, they’re all available in bulk, with the smallest available package of filet mignon weighing 2 pounds. That amount costs $430, which is pricey, but worth the incredible flavor and buttery texture of A5 wagyu.

Costco’s selection of A5 is imported from Japan and procured by a company called Authentic Wagyu, LLC. They have relationships with the USDA-approved processing facilities in Japan that allow them to procure these cuts and sell them to companies like Costco.

For us, that means there’s always going to be availability of the A5 wagyu beef. So if we want to treat ourselves to one of the world’s top-notch steaks, it doesn’t require a reservation months in advance.

Thanks to Costco, one of the world’s best meats is now obtainable for just about anybody. We just need a Costco membership and the cash to splash out on it.

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10 Pounds of Authentic Wagyu Beef Are Crammed Into This EPIC Bento Box

Normally, if you’re gonna dish out on the cash on a quality piece of authentic Japanese Wagyu, you’re not gonna need a whole lot of it to enjoy the buttery, next-level flavors of the ultra premium beef. However, if you are looking to go ham on a whole mess of the real good stuff, then you’ll wanna track this MASSIVE Wagyu bento box down.

Gochikuru, a meal delivery company in Japan, is offering up the Wagyu bento box for a grand total of 292,929 yen (roughly $2600 USD). The extensive and expensive feast is loaded with a total of 4.5 kg, or just under ten pounds, of Wagyu beef. There are ten different cuts present in the entire meal, ranging from the cow tongue to the coveted filet mignon. It’s all sourced from Tottori Prefecture, a region that recently won awards for having Japan’s highest quality meat, according to Gochikuru’s website.

A whole host of accouterments also come in the bento meal, including 4 pounds of Kinu Musume rice, a silky and slightly sweet grain also grown in Tottori. There’s also salt, lime, tare (a dipping sauce made with local pears), and an entire root of authentic Japanese wasabi. All in all, you’re getting about 15 pounds of food, most of which is high-end authentic Wagyu. Considering that there’s ten pounds of meat involved, you could easily share this with twenty people for a more reasonable cost of about $135 per person.

However, there are a few criteria involved with being able to purchase this Wagyu bento box from Gochikuru. You’ll need to wait a couple of weeks for the order to process, and the deliveries will only be distributed across Japan. What’s more, the website is already sold out for orders until December 28th, so you won’t get to sample the bountiful beef banquet until next year, should you choose to get it.

The Tokyo Weekender also reports that Gochikuru is only offering the epic meal until March 31st, so if you really want in on all this Wagyu, you’ve got until then to get to Japan and secure an order for it.

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Taste The Details: Wagyu, Steak You Can Cut With A Butter Knife

Wagyu and Kobe beef have the reputation for being the pinnacle of high quality steaks. With price points that range from $300 to $600 per pound, it’s considered to be one of the finest delicacies in the culinary world. However, the price alone only tells half the story of why it is so highly lauded and sought after.

To learn all about Wagyu and Kobe beef, we went to the SW Steakhouse at the celebrated Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Chef David Walzog was gracious enough to break down all things Wagyu and Kobe beef, dropping knowledge on its origins and also what goes into preparing and cooking the revered beef.

So sit back and tuck your napkins, the dinner setting is about to get decadent, as we go in and taste the details of Wagyu and Kobe beef.

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Tender Wagyu Beef Jerky For $2 Helps Fulfill Your Ballin’ On A Budget Needs

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When you hear the words “Wagyu Beef,” you know that you’ve just stepped into the realm of fancy meats. Wagyu, a breed of cattle originally from Japan that has made its way to the United States, is prized for its amazing quality and marbling, making it one of the most tender pieces of beef you’ll ever eat.

Usually, that beef comes at a high cost and is found at an elevated price point beyond that of normal beef. One company, however, is changing that and bringing Wagyu beef to the people — in jerky form.

EPIC, makers of wildly popular jerky snacks and meat bars, revealed a new line of “Jerky Snack Sticks” at the Winter Fancy Foods Show in San Francisco. This new line of Jerky Snack Strips features prime and high-end cuts of meat like 100% grass-fed American Wagyu beef and venison or 100% wild-caught salmon and turkey, but sells them at an extremely low price: $1.99.

The price of the jerky is pretty amazing compared to the size: a 0.8 oz strip of meat, whether it be in Wagyu, venison, turkey, or salmon form, sells for that low price point. Comparatively, a 0.98 oz giant Slim Jim is around $1-$1.30 in grocery stores, so you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck to get such a high quality jerky. Not only that, but these pieces of jerky are also incredibly healthy — at 6-8 grams of protein per stick, and sugar contents at a maximum of 4 grams for the entire stick.

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Honestly, I do feel a little bad describing EPIC’s Wagyu Beef Jerky to y’all as beef jerky. It’s not like any jerky you’ve ever had. I got to taste it at the Winter Fancy Foods Show, and it’s incredibly tender and flavorful, beyond that of any jerky I’ve ever tried. It’s not stringy, dry, or tough. Simply put, it’s just an amazing piece of beef.

Head on over to a Whole Foods near you and grab some of these bad boys, because these delicious Wagyu Beef jerky strips are probably the best bargain you’re gonna get in 2017.