Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bulk Buying Discount Websites, Kobe Butchery Beef and a Beef Cheek recipe

The "in things" to do in Australia for 2010 must be online shopping and surfing bulk buying discount websites.

With the strength of the Australian dollar and the marginal discounts being on offer (really just to pass on the massive savings that the retailers save on the exchange rate), some people are willing to pay the massive 40-60 dollars postage fee and still save heaps of money. 

Discount websites? Daily offers with huge discounts on food, products, holidays and etc provided a certain number of people purchase it. 

It has almost been like a daily ritual to log on to Spreets, GrabOne, Catchoftheday and the lists goes on.

One Friday though, there was one that caught the eye. A 50 dollar voucher for 25 dollars for all Wagyu Beef products at Kobe's Butchery (effectively a 50% discount). Limited to 2 vouchers per person. Now at AUD100 worth of beef, i would have thought i get more than enough but not till i saw the prices that i regret not buying another 2 vouchers under the Wife's name.


This piece of pure bred Wagyu, not sure of the grade but from the marbling, this should be no less than a Grade 7-8 (Australian Standard) was AUD 35 (retail price) but effectively only AUD 17 after using the voucher, a bargain i say!


This piece of Grade 5 or 6 T Bone was AUD 10 after discount!

The more affordable range which was a cross bred of Angus and Wagyu Ribeye was AUD 25 per kg after discount! I was literally at heaven and cursing that i didn't buy enough vouchers.

For step by step instructions on how to cook a steak, refer here.


So after buying our supplies of steak with another friend, i set out to host the Wagyu Lunch. 

Starting off with a simple salad of bocconcini, basil (from my herb pot) and tomato drizzled with some olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. A simple recipe that needs almost no preparation! 

The main plate had a piece of Wagyu Ribeye and Roasted Tomatoes and a Wagyu Beef Cheek on top of a bed of mash potatoes.  


Feeling lazy? Just grill the steak with some roasted asparagus and voila!

Rest assured after all that bovine, we were definitely in a moment of Wagyu Heaven!

As for the recipe for the Beef Cheeks, good luck with it!
1. Marinate the Cheeks (the original recipe calls for 16 beef cheeks but i reckon cook at least 6-8 pieces to make it worthwhile) in Red Wine (1 bottle), a sliced onion, 2 sliced carrots, 200 grams of chopped bacon, a celery stalk, 1/2 tsp peppercorns, thyme sprigs, parsley stalks, a bay leave and 4 cloves of garlic (bruised). Leave overnight in the fridge. FYI, I used an AUD 5 bottle of clearskin shiraz. Don't go buying expensive wines for this purpose.
2. Sear the meat on one pan and reduce the wine marinade (strained) on an another pan.
3. Transfer to a casserole dish. If you want some vegetables, put in some carrots, turnips or potatoes into the dish as well. If the marinade does not cover all the meat, pour in some stock as well.
4. Put it in the oven at 140 C with the lid on till the meat is tender and tears apart with a nudge of the fork. The original recipe called for 3 hours of cooking but all in i had to cook it for 5 hours before the meat started to give way. 
5. Reduce the strained liquid further with some cornflour or cream as your sauce.

Although the beef cheeks are one of the cheapest cuts, you can get probably get a beef cheek for AUD4-5, the amount of time and effort makes this a worthwhile dish to order at a restaurant and pay the premium.

Probably my most time consuming experiment this far but well worth the effort. A pity i didn't even take a close up picture!


J said...

I don't think I would dare buy discounted meat in Malaysia. :)

.. but dayum! What a good deal!
(Ooh, and the results look so very good too....)

Life for Beginners said...

If only there was discounted foie gras too! :P

Sean said...

beef cheeks are actually my favorite beef parts. i kinda find it tastier and more satisfying than sirloin, etc, when it's done nicely :D

Michelle Chin said...

I want to learn this grading thing! Can tell me more ah?

Rebecca said...

I'd better not show this to my partner, he's sure to start drooling. I'm not a big meat eater myself but he is and appears to have chosen to be allergic to anything that could possibly be interpreted as healthy!

I'm pretty lucky though, as I've got a Makro cash & carry card for business purposes, so I get to do some of my personal shopping there too. And the first time I ever bought meat from there, I was an idiot and forgot to separate it into portions before freezing it. To this day, the staff know me as the "chisel lady".....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rebecca: ahah well what can i say, boys will b boys.

mchin: well grading is got to do with the marbling i.e. the white fat that runs across the slab of meat, the more marbling the higher the "grade" per se. Aust uses grade 1-12 while japan is 1-5.

sean: thats bcos it takes hours to braise and its really the stuff you braise it with that creates that flavour.

kennymah: i will b eyeing on the websites for some!

j: well its not like it is a discounted meat section haha, it is a proper butcher ok haha.

babe_kl said...

Wishing you and your family a splendid year ahead with good tidings coming your way. Happy New Year!

AugustDiners said...

Amazing bargains!! Where did u usually buy your beef? Victoria Market? Im not too sure about those discounted website, im like all chinaman, need to be able to touch the object before feeling secure to buy them!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

augustdiners: when i was in melb, i bought in vic market. haha well i bought only the voucher from the website BUT i still get to see and touch the wagyu before i bought it. In Brisbane, there dont have a QV equivalent, so it ranges from going to butchers to supermarkets

babekl: you too!

CUMI & CIKI said...

you idiot! you are making me SO DAMN hungry!! am salivating okayyyyy :P

my, my.. you are becoming quite the chef! soon u'll be hosting pool parties like the great Ahpa.. aka FBB! LOL

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: hahah go eat a steak! i can't handle big crowds like ah pa la, hes a pro!