Ozaki beef

Kobe beef is the most known Japanese meat outside of Japan, it is considered by many the best meat in the world. To make the meat the softest possible the cows are massaged once a day and in some farms they are given beer to drink. Kobe beef tradition comes from long time ago, in this video you can see the cow massages and how cows drink beer in a farm in Kobe:

I ate Kobe beef once and it was fantastic! But the other day I was invited to eat Ozaki beef and I found it as delicious as Kobe beef or even more. Even though Ozaki beef is not as known as Kobe beef the process to take care of the cows and produce the meat are very similar. The main objective of this process is to spread the fat all over the meat so that it doesn’t accumulate in some points; in this way all parts of the meat will be soft and juicy. You can even eat the meat without chewing! It’s a flavour explosion! We ate it in this yakiniku restaurant in Ebisu; its specialty is to cook Ozaki beef. Here you have a map, I totally recommend it but take into account that it’s VERY EXPENSIVE.

The most awesome yakiniku ever
This is the best beef piece we ordered, pure glory. What you see in the picture costs 45 euros/61 dollars! Notice the fat streaks.

The most awesome yakiniku ever

The most awesome yakiniku ever

Ozaki beef

Ozaki beef

The most awesome yakiniku ever
Taken using the macro of my Canon S90.

Ozaki beef

Japanese beef
If you are in Japan you can buy Ozaki beef in this website for a cheaper price than in the restaurant.

The most awesome yakiniku ever
Happy faces after gobbling down at least half cow 😉

3 Comments
  • paul

    March 12, 2010 at 9:57 am

    only $5 a pound?thats pretty cheap considering steaks here cost about $4 a pound

  • Rawfish

    June 3, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I’m very interested in cow in Kobe and I’d like to see this cow farming. Would any of you can tell me the location where this cow is growing? Thanks…..

  • Mike

    August 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

    My friend’s brother works for a Toyota dealership and went to Japan on a business trip, they went to some resturant that did Kobe beef and other stuff and it was about £80 a head… luckily the company was paying XD