Did you know that beef is the third most widely-consumed meat today after poultry and pork? About 25 billion pounds of meat at are produced each year, and the combined value of the cattle and beef industry is $200 billion.
Brief History of Beef
Beef has been eaten by people since prehistoric times. Even some of the earliest mention of the aurochs, ancestors of the cattle appeared in the cave paintings. Cattle were used for purposes like milk, meat, and labor. Today, they are raised primarily to be the delicious, tender meat for us!
Now, let’s trace back to their ancestors where cattle descended from, the aurochs. The aurochs were huge animals that originated from India to Asia and later were brought to African and Europe by the Spanish. The aurochs also appeared in one of the well-known cave paintings called “Lascaux” in France. They were later domesticated by people during those times, and today, cattle were domesticated after sheep, goats, pigs, and dogs.
Beef is a thriving market for the industry today! The United States, Brazil, and China are the world’s largest consumers of meat while Brazil and Australia are the world’s largest producers and exporters of beef. Despite this, there are several negative health concerns of beef consumption, nevertheless, it still shows no sign of halting the beef industry today.
Why health concerns?
Meat can benefit you because it is an excellent source of various vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin, B12, zinc, selenium, iron, niacin, and vitamin B6. Although, overconsumption of meat may give your health risks.
Beef or what people called, red meats (beef, pork, lamb), contain more saturated fat, obviously a bad one, than other food like chicken or beans. Saturated and trans fats can raise your blood cholesterol and worse on people with heart disease. What are some health risks with overconsumption of meat?
- Increased risk of total mortality
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic disease
- Colorectal cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
Sounds scary right? But don’t worry, if you do not eat overeat meat. I know it’s hard to resist eating beef because nobody can! But maybe you might want to limit the amount and try to avoid as much fat as you can before cooking them. Lean cuts of meat can be the best choice too.
However, for people who like to eat beef or beef lover. Do you know which part of meat we are like to eat? So, this blog will take to rheumatic about what is part of beef? What is it call? And which is the softest part of the meat?
Chuck: Starting with the first part, the chuck part is very thick meat. It is the portion of meat that contains collagen that melts quickly when heated, which enhances the rich flavor. It is mostly used in stews, bake, and grills to add softness.
Rib: This part only has all meat without ribs attached. As we have heard often, it is Rib Eye. This part is the perfect meat for grilling, frying, and boiling dishes.
Short Loin: If you want to eat a soft texture, the short loin is the answer. Which is considered to be the softest part of the meat. It’s suitable for stir-frying, or grilling. The favorite piece for meat lovers is Porterhouse Steak, which is the tip of the short loin. There is also a sirloin, tenderloin, and includes T-bone meat that many people like to eat. But if talking about the softness that is predisposed must be raised to the tenderloin. Which is meat suitable for almost all types of cooking and absorbs the sauce that goes well with the meat.
Sirloin: Is the meat on the back of the cow’s legs. This part is soft and juicy including having a sticky mix in it. It is considered very popular meat because it has an affordable price. In which it is popular to eat both the bone-stick and the non-bone. Suitable for frying, grilling, stir-frying, or boiling.
Tenderloin: It is the softest part but tasteless. so, it is popular to eat with sauce to get the perfect taste.
Loin: The loin can be divided a lot because it’s a really big portion. The most popular part and is often seen in almost every restaurant is T-bone. It is the part of the meat that cuts the bone out into shape T is used for making steaks. I can tell you that the price is very expensive because this part is soft and delicious, you will love it once you try it.
Round: This part is perfect for health-conscious people. Because it is the part of the meat with less fat than other parts. Which can be subdivided into ‘Top Round’ is the softest place and ‘Rumo Roast’ that is delicious as well.
Brisket: This meat is known as a very delicious part. But it’s also very sticky. So, the only way to get this softer and tender is to eat it during the heat that it has been cooked in a pot. Personally, I like to bring this part of the meat to be grilled and dipped in Thai spicy sauce. It’s delicious.
Plate: It is quite a lot of lean meat in this part of the meat. Most of this meat is used in making steaks. Whether baking, roasting, or making a stew, can all be created for this portion of meat.
Flank: It is meat with less fat. It can say that tastes are very good because this part can bite the whole bite without fear of getting stuck on the bone. Which this part of the meat is often used to make steak including making kebabs that are Middle Eastern food as well. But this part is not very soft. Most will make some slides then ferment to have softer meat.
Shank: This last part is the most popular part of cooking that water as the main ingredient.
Which part of beef make a kind of delicious menus?
It can be summarized as below
Chuck = This part is often made into a hamburger
Rib = Most are grilled or fried without removing the bones
Sirloin = Sirloin is the softest in all kinds of meat.
Tenderloin = Tenderloin is the tenderest and most expensive piece of meat, and I am popular for steak such as filet mignon
Round = Top round is tough meat. Popular to bake or stew
Shank = The shank is the extremely toughest meat. Often popular for making stew
Besides knowing the different parts of the beef, including which parts are delicious to eat. I will also recommend meat restaurants in Bangkok (As you can see in the paragraph below). For meat lovers must try to eat at least once in your life.
Five beef restaurants in Bangkok, delicious, good meat, and premium quality
#1: Tora Tora Japanese Kitchen
Tora Tora Japanese Kitchen uses beef from Thai-French at local farms and Thai Wagyu beef ‘Tajima’ The restaurant offers European and Japanese fusion dishes. And also, chefs use premium grade beef selected from the finest quality farms in Thailand. There are serving in a European-style process by adding flavor and creating the appearance in Japanese style. A must-try menu is the beef rice bowl.
Location: Soi Pradiphat 6, Sam Sen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday opens from 11.00-14.00/ 17.00-20.30
Closed on Monday
#2: Roddeeded The SteakHouse
This restaurant offers a good quality beef restaurant with a good price. The most popular menu here is beef noodles, grilled hot pot, and beefsteak. Any kind of cooking will be delicious.
Opening Hours: Daily from 11.00-22.00
Chunn is a restaurant that serving as a home cooking beef shop. The restaurant kind of a bistro restaurant in the Ekkamai area. There are offers of good quality steak at a friendly price. The famous menu is a beef rice bowl. The dish including Japanese rice and tender steak with pickle, fried onion, and Thai spicy sauce. Perfectly delicious! I have gone to eat several times. I would say that the taste is delicious and worth the price.
Location: Sukhumvit 61, BTS Ekkamai
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 17.00-23.00,
Saturday to Sunday: 11.30-14.30/ 17.00-23.00
Close on Monday
A restaurant that serves as local style, which is known for its difficult to reserve! Because the whole restaurant has only four tables. It was my luck that my friend made a reservation. So I had a chance to try it. This restaurant uses Thai beef from many farms. There are cooks the character of each part of the meat very well by focusing on the medium red meat flavor. Serve dishes and eat in Thai style.
Location: 23/1 Soi Chan, Charoenkrung road between 69 and 71, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 18.00-23.00
Saturday to Sunday: 12.00-23.00
It is another beef restaurant that is very popular recently. The highlight of this restaurant is that it uses good quality Dry-Aged Thai beef in a unique way. And also, great taste for a friendly price. They offer beef in a way that brings Thai meat in a suitable position, making it easy for Thai people to access. We can eat the delicious dish without having to pay a high price. Another highlight of this restaurant emphasizes the taste of the meat, texture, aroma, juiciness, just seasoning with salt and pepper. It will be perfect.
Location: 281 Ladprao 101 Bangkok, Thailand 10310
Opening Hours: 08.00-15.00
Close on Tuesday