Ever marvelled at a peaceful herd of cattle grazing on Shanghai’s green pastures with a perfectly blue sky as a backdrop? Probably not. To eat steak in China is going against the grain, but it just so happens that going against the grain is key to cooking up the perfect steak. Find premium, imported beef at FIELDS online grocery store.
Why is prime beef steak so prized?
There’s a good reason why beef is so prized in China, and indeed priced. Historically absent from most Chinese cuisines, unless you head off far north or west, cows cattle farming is on the increase due to an increased demand for all things dairy, from milk to yogurt and ice cream. So, although the Chinese consume more pork and chicken than Americans, beef consumption remains far below that of the average US citizen who remains the world’s largest consumer. In China, a good steak truly is hard to find.
What’s at stake?
To get your hands on a good piece of steak, in all likelihood you’ll be paying a premium for an import that’s probably Australian. And given the price you’ve paid the last thing that you want to do is muck it up, turning what could be a deliciously tender dinner into an experience that’s more akin to chewing on an aged leather shoe. While any fool can season and sear a piece of meat, the job is by no means finished by that stage.
A grain of truth
Steak fans will have oft been entreated to slice against the grain – but the importance of this sage advice is more than the amateur chef may realize. A steak sliced the other way – AKA with the grain – can be as unpleasant and chewy as a rubber band. Here’s the rub – the meat’s sinewy fibers are tough, even after cooking, so slicing up those long fibers into shorter pieces is crucial to any properly cut steak. Otherwise you will essentially be attempting to chew up strands of muscle.
First determine the direction of the fibers, then slice across them, reducing their length to cut down on the chewing and create that melt in the mouth effect.
Of course before all of this happens, it’s important to purchase your beef from a trusted source. While the quality of the steak you put in your mouth can depend on how you treat it on the cutting board, that’s just the last step in a long journey that has to begin on the farm.
As a matter of fact, quality steak might not be as expensive as you think in Shanghai. How about a classic rib eye from Australia’s Hunter Valley for just ¥39. Or a tender filet mignon for ¥55. Grass fed New Zealand brisket. That’ll be just ¥52!
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FIELDS (www.fieldschina.com) is a popular online grocery store for safe, quality food in China. FIELDS stocks fresh organic fruit and veg, imported and domestic meat and seafood, plus essential pantry items from home. Order before 5 pm in Shanghai and benefit from same day delivery with delivery free for orders over RMB 200. A new customer? Great – you’ll receive a free gift with your first order!