I remember the very first time I had a slice of Japanese wagyu. It was one of those gastronomic moments that probed deep into the inner recesses of my soul to invoke that sense of childlike wonder. How can a slice of beef, or any meat for that matter, be so sublime, so ethereal, so..... shiok?
It wasn't so long ago that a photo of well marbled Wagyu beef would have caused ooohhhs and ahhhs and at least a few hundred LIKES on Facebook. In fact, when I started writing in 2006, we didn't even have Japanese Wagyu. In those days, Australian Wagyu was just making its debut in Singapore and it was already causing quite a stir amongst the local gastronomes.
Ozaki Wagyu is bred in a small farm and the beef is sold direct to restaurants. As such, Ozaki-san is not constrained to use a standardized feeding regime. Instead, he has his own special formula for maximizing beef flavour which includes seaweed and charcoal which he has developed through years of experimentation!
If you want to start cooking Japanese food at home, all you need is five basic ingredients, shoyu, mirin, sake, miso and dashi. These five form the basic building blocks for Japanese flavour. With it, you can make miso soup, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, tempura, udon, teriyaki, yakitori, oyakodon and many other popular dishes. So, if […]
The ieatishootipost set has been very well received at Jin Fine Dining since I posted it back in Nov 2014. I think Singaporeans know a good deal when they see one. This summer season, I continue to work with my good friend Chef Thomas to introduce quality Japanese ingredients at affordable prices to you all. […]
CUT: Hokkaido Snow Beef is now available in Singapore!
This one is for the serious beef lovers. When CUT started selling real Kobe Beef last year, I thought I could finally close the book on Japanese Wagyu. Having tasted Matsuzaka, Oumi and finally Kobe, I had covered what is widely considered the top three Japanese Wagyu brands and didn’t think that there was a […]
Kobe beef was one of the foods on my list of things to eat before I leave this mortal sphere. There has been a ban on the export of Kobe Beef for many years such that the only way to experience it is to actually travel to Kobe eat it or have a really good […]
Ito Kacho Yakiniku Restaurant: Wagyu Beef Yakiniku Cuts Part 3
This is Part 3 of our exploration of Yakiniku Beef Anatomy. If you are a bit lost, may I refer you to Part 1 and Part 2 of Wagyu Anatomy 101 where we covered various cuts of beef from the Ribeye to the Sirloin and the Chuck Rib to the Silverside. In Part 3, we […]
Hokkaido Sushi: Dreaming of Gyu Don featuring Hokkaido Rice!
Ohmi Gyu Don with Sashimi Set $60++ If I had to pick something as my last meal, it would have to be a few slices of wonderfully marbled Wagyu over a bowl of steaming hot, pearly drops of Japanese rice. I just love the way the juices ooze out of the meat to mix with […]
Ozaki Wagyu Farm: The Quest to produce the World’s Best Beef!
Do you remember the first time you tasted Wagyu Beef? I certainly did and I am sure most of you would too because Wagyu is just one of those paradigm shattering experiences that you are not likely to forget. Wagyu has since lost some of its mystique, now that it is readily available in Singapore. […]
Copon Norp Restaurant: Ozaki Beef Odessey and beyond
I have been asked on several occasions about what I would choose as my final meal and the answer would invariably be a slice of grilled Wagyu Beef on top of of a mouthful of sweet short grain Japanese rice. Beef has always been my favourite meat. It has been since I was a kid, […]