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Old 09-14-2008, 02:35 PM   #41
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All I can say is that I am in awe. That meat looks perfect. I have a 30th anniversary coming up next June. Why not? Cheaper than going to Ruth's Crist, and I have much better wine than they do. I'm really glad I saw this thread. Thanks ironchef.
There are lots of differing opinions as the what temperature to cook Kobe, but my preference is medium rare, not rare like some others suggest. The reason for this is because there is so much fat in Kobe, getting the beef cooked to the 130-135 degree range helps the fat melt, which in turn makes the beef even more tender and flavorful IMO. When the steak is too rare, the fat doesn't melt as thoroughly and IMO you don't get as full a flavor. The only exception I'll make when cooking Kobe rare is if it's going to be sliced very thin, and used with something like sushi or served tataki style. If it's going to be eaten like a regular steak where bigger pieces are going to be chewed and consumed, then medium rare I think is best.

But again, to each his own. You can always cut off a smaller piece, cook it rare, and see if you like it better than medium rare. You can always cook a steak more. And your steaks should also taste better than Ruth's Chris. They make their steaks taste good because they use an obscene amount of butter (not that it's a bad thing). With Kobe, you don't even need butter. Just baste it with whatever fat is in the pan with some fresh thyme sprigs and bruised garlic cloves.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:35 PM   #42
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This Kobe-Wagyu stuff looks like a chunk of fat with some meat in it.
No wonder it tastes good and is so easy to cut.
How hard is it to slice through cooked beef fat?
No Laguiole required here, looks like a plastic picnic knife will do the trick
Do they send these cows to a cardiologist to keep them alive until slaughter?
My butcher gives me all the beef fat I want for free.
Don't let him see this thread or I'll be paying $100.00 a pound for it.

On a serious note, I wouldn't eat something that looks like that more then twice a year.
Not the kind of food that carries the AMA's seal of approval.

Just my 2 cents...
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:12 AM   #43
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This Kobe-Wagyu stuff looks like a chunk of fat with some meat in it.
No wonder it tastes good and is so easy to cut.
How hard is it to slice through cooked beef fat?
No Laguiole required here, looks like a plastic picnic knife will do the trick
Do they send these cows to a cardiologist to keep them alive until slaughter?
My butcher gives me all the beef fat I want for free.
Don't let him see this thread or I'll be paying $100.00 a pound for it.

On a serious note, I wouldn't eat something that looks like that more then twice a year.
Not the kind of food that carries the AMA's seal of approval.

Just my 2 cents...

I couldn't agree more. I can't even imagine what the "mouthfeel" could be with so much fat. Why would anyone eat this? Twice a year? I don't think so. I won't even eat rib eye steaks because of so much fat. I stick with NY strips. And what the heck happened to my font????
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:20 AM   #44
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Looks good. One of these days I'll pick up a piece 'o Waygu. I'm just happy to get some prime every once in a while.

That ribeye would be a good candidate for reverse searing.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:08 AM   #45
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mmmm, beef fat!
Guess that just goes to show ya.... not everyone likes the same food. Just like some people prefer one color chicken meat over another.
Me, I love fatty... err, I mean "flavorful" beef And that's why I only pick up strips if there's a really good sale going on. I prefer ribeyes, but I don't think I'd ever spend that much money on a kobe or wagyu..... I can buy a lot of beer with the savings
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:45 AM   #46
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It's pretty much the best ever. The top two grades are A4 and A5, with A5 being the top tier. The difference is in the marbling. That's how the grades are determined. This is A4 grade Kobe that I was able to get. This is only the second highest grade, imagine how much marbling A5 has. And it isn't even a fatty cut like the rib eye.






Hey, where's the beef??
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My first thought when I saw the pic of the OP, is that you got gypped!!!! All that fat and just a tiny amout of meat???? Anywho... I like well marbled, but would rather more meat than fat. I think it is all a matter of preference. I hope it was good!
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So do they really massage them and feed beer to these cows?
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So do they really massage them and feed beer to these cows?
Traditionally, they are massaged, but they are not given beer.
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I couldn't agree more. I can't even imagine what the "mouthfeel" could be with so much fat. Why would anyone eat this? Twice a year? I don't think so. I won't even eat rib eye steaks because of so much fat. I stick with NY strips. And what the heck happened to my font????
I never serve ribeyes whole. I cut them into 1/4" thick strips making it easy to remove the fat and enjoy that delicious yummy medium rare delight.
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