Singapore — There was a time when the mere mention of wagyu, that specific breed of Japanese cattle, was enough to draw crowds of salivating beef lovers to form long queues.
More recently, local red meat revellers have been spoilt with opportunities to savour some categorically rare examples of the aforementioned beef, from Kobe purebreds from the tightly regulated Hyogo prefecture, to the Miyazaki pedigree. And no, if anybody asks, even the feted wagyu are not created equal. Sure, you can say that it’s just nitpicking when you have beef of such standards, but here’s the clincher: Singaporeans can now dig into the best of the best.
While the idea of a “Wagyu Olympics” doesn’t necessarily conjure the right images, the event’s official tag, the National Competitive Exhibition Of Wagyu (Zenkoku Wagyu Noryoku Kyoshinkai) is every bit a revered affair, held every five years to honour the best cattle in Japan in a tourney of sorts, where 480 cattle from 38 prefectures compete.
During the competition the beef is rated accordingly by judges and thanks to its cherry red colour, even fat distribution, velvety texture and delicate taste, the Miyazaki Champion Beef was the overall winner at the 2007 and 2012 editions.
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