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Description of Flank Steak | A5 Hannari Japanese Wagyu
Flank is typically a cut that you need to braise, however this A5 Hannari Wagyu Flank is perfect for a quick sear.
It is a very tasty cut of meat thanks to its INTENSE beefy flavor; another option is to braise.
Cutting the meat against the grain is the most important thing to remember when you're serving and eating it. The grain refers to the long strands of tough fibers that you can see running through the meat.
About A5 Hannari Beef
In Japan it is believed that the quality of meat from female Wagyu cattle is higher than that of male Wagyu cattle (cows have smaller muscles than bulls and steers). There is certainly a more refined flavor profile and a silkier texture. We came, we tried and we loved it.
Hannari beef is raised in a multigenerational family farm located in the prefecture of Kyoto, Japan, a farm of breeders that focused on only select female cows... hence there is a very limited production of less than 250 female cows per year. They are raised in an idyllic environment.
The farm is surrounded by the mountains of Tamba and it is blessed with clear underground water. The cows are raised in a stress-free environment, to the point that it is hard to hear any mooing (cows moo when they are stressed). The cows are fed a different diet depending on their stage of growth and the diet is modified according to the temperature of the day.
Our agreement with Hannari beef means we only get the cream of the crop, the cows that grade BMS12.
A5 beef is measured on five factors: (1) marbling, (2) meat color and brightness, (3) firmness and texture of meat, and (4) color, luster, and quality of fat.
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 assessment was grade 4, the quality grade of this beef is classified as grade 4. Quality grading is severely done.
A5 means this beef excels in every single factor. It has a gorgeous webbing of fat that will make you feel a creamy mouthfeel in each bite. It's literally like tasting a cloud... a cloud of beef.
Like all of our steaks, they come vacuum sealed and have been hand-cut by our expert butchers.
Never Had A5 Wagyu Beef Before?
At first glance, every cut of A5 beef will be EXTREMELY fatty compared to any other steak you have ever had. That delicate and yet rich fat, which can make up more than 60% of the steak is what makes it melt in your mouth.
This amount of fat makes the beef have a lower melting point, meaning it will cook faster than your average steak. Cooking A5 is extremely easy, that said... it is recommended to pay close attention so that you do not burn or overcook your steaks.