Beef Up Your New Year
8 JANUARY 2022
The New Year has kicked off with a roaring start — malls and halls are decked with boughs of peony to make 1st February even grander than 1st January 2022.
With booster shots and careful planning, there’s no reason we can’t have proper family reunions this Chinese New Year.
If you are planning to spread out your gatherings to stay safe, you might want to serve different menus for variety. Here are some Wagyu beef ideas for your reunion dinner and gatherings to make them spectacular. Wagyu beef is also a great halal alternative.
New Year Wagyu Beef Dishes
Wagyu beef is often a special treat, like the scallops, prawns and abalones that are popular features of Chinese New Year dishes. It's also a contender for the most expensive item on the menu. Be a tiger in the kitchen cooking something new, or use Wagyu beef in your family beef recipe to serve the best version of it. Its unrivalled tenderness and quality means you don’t have to waste time on tenderizers and prep work.
Wagyu in Steamboat
A symbol of family reunion, we look forward to enjoying this communal hot pot with our loved ones as we swap life stories. Enhance the flavour of your broth by adding succulent slices of Wagyu beef. The meat cooks fast while offering different flavours if you serve a variety of cuts. Cuts like brisket offers a juicy bite with its rich fat, while leaner cuts like the top round offers a leaner bite.
Recommended Cuts: Shabu-Shabu Slices, Chuck Roll, Knuckle, Shoulder Clod or Top Round
Cantonese-Style Braised Wagyu Beef
Here is a hearty beef stew with chunky yet tender meat — Wagyu beef feels as soft as the daikon (radish) in this dish. Brisket is the best cut for its perfect balance between juicy fat and meat, while daikon complements the beefiness with hints of bitter and pepper. This flavourful dish also contains star anise, garlic and ginger, and rich sauces (oyster, chu hou, hoisin and soy sauce).
Recommended Cuts: Brisket
Stir-fry is a favourite cooking method for Chinese dishes, especially when you don’t have to worry about rubbery beef. The intense marbling in Wagyu beef results in superior tenderness without the need for tenderizers. All you have to do is cut your meat into bite-size pieces and pair them with your stir-fry’s ingredients.
The classic Black Pepper Beef Stir-Fry has julienned onions with red, green and/or yellow bell peppers. A simpler version uses only garlic, onions and scallions. Other veggies that work well for stir-fry are broccoli and celery.
The beef and ingredients are stir-fried in aromatic sesame oil. For the sauce, combine oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and white pepper.
Wagyu Beef Fried Rice
With all the abundant feasting, you’re bound to have a surplus of blessings … and leftover food.
If you have leftover rice in the fridge, we can’t think of a better use for it than cooking fried rice. Spring onions, eggs and splashes of soy sauce are other ingredients you’ll need and probably have lying around. Add onions and vegetables like carrots and long beans if you like.
Silky smooth Wagyu beef elevates this dish. You can use any leftover Wagyu beef, except we doubt there’ll be any.
Recommended Cuts: Leftovers, Striploin
Wagyu, the Big Meat
At our reunion dinners, the highlight of the table is the Big Meat dish. This centrepiece is no daily bread; it’s special and huge and impressive to show how much we’ve been lavishly blessed. A whole fish is commonly presented here, but we have a modern twist. If the tomahawk isn’t a sign of abundance, we don’t know what is.
Recommended Cut: Tomahawk
Wagyu Chinese New Year Gifts
Visiting relatives, friends and business associates (finally!) this New Year?
If you’re tired of hampers with dried seafood and pineapple tarts as corporate gifts, Wagyu beef makes a fresh and fancy take. Our A5-rated Iga Beef is imported directly from Japan.
New Year, New Experiences
Perhaps your recipient has never heard of Wagyu beef before, or they have always wanted to taste it. This is a gift they will treasure and savour.
For Wagyu Lovers
Dealing with Wagyu fans and people with fine taste? Great! If they rave about Kobe Beef, tell them you’ve discovered another exclusive Wagyu beef! Those who appreciate Wagyu are likely looking out for unique brands. They'll recognize the highest marbling grade. And they will definitely know the value of such a gift.
A Valuable Corporate Gift
Show your business associates how much they’re valued. Instead of the usual pineapple tarts or herbal tonics, give them something fresh and fancy. They will be impressed by your discerning taste.
Remember to plan and order your Wagyu beef to ensure they will arrive on time for the Lunar New Year.
If you’re still wondering what you can do with Wagyu beef to make the Year of the Tiger a roaring success, we are happy to help! Visit our supermarket, call us or send us an email. Our New Year resolution for 2022 is to serve our customers better!