Food’s Biggest Scam : The Great Kobe Beef Lie !
By Larry Olmsted on Forbes
These are cuts of the famous Kobe beef from Hyogo prefecture in Japan.
Note the exquisite marbling of fat throughout.
To see it in person, you need to go to Japan,
because real Kobe beef cannot be found in the U.S.
Think you’ve tasted the famous Japanese Kobe beef ? Think again !
Of course, there are a small number of you out there who have tried it –
I did, in Tokyo, and it is delicious. If you ever go to Japan I heartily recommend
you splurge, because while it is expensive, it is unique, and you cannot get it in
the United States. Not as steaks, not as burgers, certainly not as the ubiquitous
“Kobe sliders” at your trendy neighborhood “bistro.”That’s right. You heard me.
I did not misspeak. I am not confused like most of the American food media.
I will state this as clearly as possible:
You cannot buy Japanese Kobe beef in this country. Not in stores, not by mail,
and certainly not in restaurants. No matter how much you have spent, how fancy
a steakhouse you went to, or which of the many celebrity chefs who regularly
feature “Kobe beef” on their menus you believed, you were duped.
I’m really sorry to have to be the one telling you this, but no matter how much you
would like to believe you have tasted it, if it wasn’t in Asia you almost certainly
have never had Japan’s famous Kobe beef.You may have had an imitation from
the Midwest, Great Plains, South America or Australia, where they produce a
lot of what I call “Faux-be” beef.
You may have even had a Kobe imposter from Japan……….
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