Wagyu directly translates into “Japanese cow” and it’s Japan that started this premium cattle breeding. It’s considered the caviar of beef in Japan and the striking characteristic of wagyu is its pervasive marbling, known as “shimofuri”. Besides Japan, wagyu cattle is widely bred, and in many cases, cross-bred in the USA, Canada and Australia. Pure-bred wagyu beef from Japan is very expensive and not widely exported from Japan so most wagyu beef that’s consumed outside of Japan most likely comes from the USA or Australia.
Prized for its tender tasty texture, nicely marbled wagyu beef naturally demands premium pricing. So, if you are prepared to splurge on some divine melt-in-the-mouth wagyu, head on to Fu-Rin, the Japanese restaurant that’s located in a hotel, namely the Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie.
For this entire month, there’s a selection of about 10 special items on the wagyu promotion menu that’s bound to delight discerning diners.
My personal favourite is the Wagyu Beef Tataki (RM200) – a gorgeous assembly of thinly sliced wagyu eaten with soyu wasabi dressing. The tataki tastes even better eaten with some chopped spring onions and aromatic crispy fried garlic slivers.
The Aburi Sushi Nigiri (RM90/3 pieces) – sushi with seared wagyu slices draped on top and drizzled with some light teriyaki sauce. It’s a fulfilling dish for sure – rice and beef are perfect partners.
You can’t go wrong with Teppanyaki Wagyu Beef (RM280), especially when it’s cooked perfectly in just under medium doneness. The sweet flavours just ooze out from the tender marbled beef. For maximum enjoyment, every cube of this delightful beef is to be eaten with some garlic crisps and dipped in that amazing buttery beefy jus.
For some carbs in your meal, check out the Wagyu Chahan (RM48) – fried rice with wagyu beef. Again, it’s rice and beef… fluffy grains of Japanese rice wok-fried with garlic and the chef is careful to not overcook the cubes of wagyu that go into that bowl of insanely fragrant rice.
Other items on the wagyu promotion menu are Udon Wagyu, Wagyu Wafu Steak, Gyuniku Yasai Maki and Wagyu Steak Jyu. The wagyu beef promotion is until 31 August 2016.
Of course while you are in Fu-Rin, you may also want to try some of the Sashimi Chef – Bryan Lai’s superbly cut sashimi and other popular dishes by Chef Mike Yip in the a la carte menu.
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FU-RIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie
No.1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8
40250 Shah Alam
Tel: 03-7802 5288