WAKANUI Grill Dining: Tokyo Style Steakhouse, New Zealand Beef
When I first heard about the Wakanui being a Japanese steakhouse, I immediately assumed that "Wakanui" was a Japanese name. It turns out that it isn't Japanese word at all! It is, in fact, Maori for "Canoe way" and it is a region in the South Island of New Zealand where the beef is produced.
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to steak, I can actually plot the steak “milestones” of my life. I had my first truly memorable steak was when I was 18 at the now defunct Cairnhill Steakhouse. I can still remember the aroma of sizzling beef wafting out of the restaurant when the […]
About four years ago, I picked up a book from the library that was simply titled "Steak". There are very few single words that have the power to command my immediate attention and this is one of them. The other is "Monnnnng!" which is what my Teochew name sounds like when it is uttered by my wife in an ascending tone. It usually signals an ominous change in the weather pattern which requires a drastic course correction.
There has been quite a bit of discussion about grass-fed vs grain-fed beef in recent years. You hear chefs and food show hosts touting its flavour and health benefits on TV and food activists decrying the cruelty of feed-lots where the cattle spend its last few months fattening up for the slaughter. It is said […]
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 […]
My friend Aston used to work at Ponderosa before coming out to start his own little Western Food stall in the corner coffeeshop along East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road. I have known him for over five years and although he has left Ponderosas, Ponderosas has never left him. He has been talking about […]
There are two things about Skirt that I am very excited about. Firstly, they are the first steak house in Singapore who are aging their own beef and secondly, they are one of the few to use an Argentinian Parilla to grill their meat! In a market where the competition for the patronage of serious […]
Sous Vide Steaks: Flavourful, Tender and Environmentally Friendly Steaks
Of late, I have been doing a bit of reading about my favourite meat – beef. Now, I like pork, chicken, lamb and seafood, but beef has a special place in my heart. I remember that as a kid, we always get really excited when mom cooks beef steaks and some of my most memorable […]
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Dependable, Straightfoward and Awfully Good Steaks!
Fans of Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be very happy to know that they have opened their first branch in Singapore! I have been a fan since 1995 when I first visited Ruth’s Chris in San Francisco right after I graduated from Med School. It was a very special occasion for Rockett girl and I […]
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. […]