Japanese Wagyu is available again in the USA!
The Tenderloin is boneless, and sold by the 1/2 LB. This is very rich meat, so do not think the portion sizes are the same as domestic meat. Typically we estimate 2-4 ounces per person, so you could feed 2-4 people from 1/2 LB portion.
Please keep in mind that due to the size of the loin, a 1/2LB piece will be approximately an inch thick. Please contact us to buy larger volumes.
All of our Wagyu is grade A5, with a BMS of 8-12. We hand select each piece to ensure that it is of the highest grade available. Recommend cooking no more than medium rare to enjoy the incredible texture and flavor that is un-paralleled.
How does the Japanese grading system work?
There are some grades for WAGYU beef, including the meat of Japanese Black (Breed of cow most used in Japan for Wagyu), and A5 is the highest grade given only to the finest beef.
The standards of grading beef consist of Yield Grade and Quality Grade.
“A” of “A5″ means the yield grade, while “5″ shows the quality grade.
Moreover, the Japanese beef grading system has 5 quality grades (The USA has just 1). They are (1) marbling, (2) meat color and brightness, (3) firmness and texture of meat, and (4) color, luster and quality of fat.
A brief description of the Japanese beef grading system is as follows.
Yield Grade, in short, is the standard set to evaluate cutability (the proportion of meat obtained from a certain part of cattle body).
According to the yield grade, score A, B or C is determined.
Grade A : above standard
Grade B : standard
Grade C : below standard
Marbling is flecks or thin strips of fat in beef. In Japanese, “SASHI”.
Marbling is classified into five grades.
(The larger the number, the higher the grade. 5 is the largest and the highest.)
Furthermore, these five grades are ranked from No.1 to 12 by BMS (Beef Marbling Standard).
Grade BMS No.
5: Excellent 8 – 12
4: Good 5 – 7
3: Average 3 – 4
2: Below average 2
1: Poor 1
[Color and brightness]
Beef color and brightness are evaluated by visual appraisal.
2: Below average
[Firmness and texture]
The firmness and texture of beef are also evaluated by visual appraisal.
2: Below average
[Color, luster and quality of fat]
The color, luster and quality of fat is evaluated by the beef fat color standards, while evaluation of luster and quality of fat is by visual appraisal.
2: Below average
Thus the grade of beef is classified along the standards of Yield grade and Quality grade. Quality grade also has several items of evaluation.
In the quality grade, the lowest score from the four items of the yield grade is adopted. In other words, even if grade 5 was given to marbling, color and brightness, and firmness and texture, and only fat assessments was grade 4, the quality grade of this beef is classified as grade 4. Quality grading is severely done.
Through these strict evaluations, Japanese Black beef there are classified into 15 grades from C1 to A5. And even among the A5 grade, marbling varies from No.8 to No.12.
The A5 grade Japanese Black WAGYU cattle is fed only good quality grain (corn and rice straw) and raised with scrupulous care.
Particularly good balance of fat, extremely smooth texture, and juicy flavor spreads out in the mouth. These are the unique character of WAGYU A5, the highest quality Japanese beef.