Japanese Gastronomy: Seared Beef-Gyuu tataki/牛たたき-Basic Recipe

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Many friends, including dear Sissi, changed their minds about beef after having tasted it in Japan.
The Japanese have not invented beef or the way to cook it. Let’s say that they have refined the art to the point of simple gastronomic elegance if such a description may be used.

Here is a simple recipe which will help you appreciate the beef and rejoice your friends.
Bear in mind that the beef can be chosen according to its amount of apparent fat.
Read until the end!

INGREDIENTS:

Good quality beef
Salt, pepper or spices of your choice
Sauce: Japanese-style “tare” or anything of your liking.

RECIPE:

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Choose a squarish/rectangular piece of beef. Momo/Rump is best. No need to spend thousands of whatever currency on imported wagyuu, blah blah, blah. Trust your favorite butcher!
Beef usually utilized for roast beef should be fine, too.
The point is to choose a shape that will be easy to slice in equal portions.

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Grilling the beef.
You may season it beforehand if you like it so. Pierce it with a brochette for better handling, although tongs would be best. Brush with just a little oil. Grill over flame on grill. The Japanese prefer to grill over straw if available instead of charcoal or gas. Cook it as long as you want, depending whether you like your beef rare or well-done or else.

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Having cooked it on all sides, put it immediately inside the refrigerator. This is the trick!

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Tare/Sauce.
This is up to you, from serving it with with BBQ sauce, soy sauce and what else.
Actually my preference is to grill the beef without any seasoning and serving it with grated wasabi, grated ginger, chopped scallions and rock salt!
Try sesame seed dressing/goma dare!
Try soy sauce mixed with grated garlic, grated ginger, ponzu, and sesame oil.
The beef slices will also taste great sandwiched between shiso/perilla leaves!

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As for my own preference in beef I like it with as little fat as possible for the result as above!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Shop with Intent by Debbie
BULA KANA in Fiji
Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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