Sunday, 19 October 2014

Kobe Beef @ Flames Steak Restaurant, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

BLOGGER'S FOOD REVIEW | Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Kobe Beef is the gems among Japanese-produce beef. Indeed, this marble-like premium quality beef is one of the best meat in the world with signature aroma and aftertaste - due to its evenly distributed fat between the lean meat - and therefore a marble-like or snow-like texture. So, what is Kobe Beef?

Quite close, but not you, Australian Wagyu! Yu can't speak Japanese
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Definitely not you, Friesian!

AHA! Found you! Look at the marble-like texture of the raw meat!
FYI, it is almost impossible to find Kobe Beef in Sabah. All the meat is certified and traceable to the breeder and farmer, meat grading, weight of the meat and the name of the authorized shop at foreign countries.
(Photo courtesy of the Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu)

The chart briefly explained the grading system used by the Japan Meat Grading Association.
FYI, the Kobe Beef introduced by Le Meridien KK scored Fat Marbling Standard of 6 and Meat Quality Score of 5

To qualify as "Kobe Beef", the Tajima-gyu at Hyogo Prefecture must pass many stringent tests / procedure before certified as Kobe Beef. Each cut of Kobe Beef will be registered, traceable to the breeder, farmer, purchaser, grading, weight... etc. Not all beef produced in Kobe / Hyogo Prefecture can be named as Kobe Beef. In fact, only 0.06% of the annual beef consumption in Japanese is Kobe Beef. Due to the high cost involve in the breeding / farming and high demand over supply, Kobe Beef is so expensive!

Playing with the camera while waiting for my Luxuriously Kobe Beef Food Tasting Session, invited by the Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Lava Stone Grilled Kobe Sirloin Beef
with Classic Yorkshire Pudding, Oven Roasted Vege and Light Herb Jus

The Kobe Beef was perfectly cooked to Medium, yummy!
Kobe Beef is famous for the very fine muscle fiber, that's the reason why the meat is so juicy and delicate  

Come and try!

Flames Steak Restaurant is located at the Lobby Level of Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Opens daily from 12PM - 2.30PM for lunch, and 6PM - 10PM for dinner. Expect quality food from the grill as well as creatively-crafted desserts and mocktails.

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