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All about Wagyu

  • Susanna Tjokro,

    Contributor,

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 4 2009   /  10:01 am
Ben Clifford (right) talks about wagyu beef during Wagyu Tasting while William Wongso looks on. (JP/Susanna Tjokro)(right) talks about wagyu beef during Wagyu Tasting while William Wongso looks on. (JP/Susanna Tjokro)

Ben Clifford (right) talks about wagyu beef during Wagyu Tasting while William Wongso looks on. (JP/Susanna Tjokro) After reading an article on Wagyu, a friend said she felt a pang of envy. "Imagine, the cows get massaged and drink beer or sake without having to work hard everyday and they enjoy luxurious life because their owners try to make them as happy as possible, simply because stress leads to tough meat," she said, "hence everything is done to minimize it -- they are indeed lucky, pampered cows." However, as culinary expert William Wongso said, the reality is that massaging and drinking beer plus "listening" to classical music is more myth than fact these days. "According to Shuzo Manno, a Japanese Wagyu fattening expert I met, those practices have not been done for 30 years," he said. Wagyu means Japanese...