Japanese Wagyu is amongst the rarest and most expensive cuts of meat in the world. There’s only about 2,200 heads of the specific cattle in the world and strict limits on the number that can be harvested each week.
Wagyu cows are kept on a diet of rice straws, whole crop silage and concentrate, and are allowed to grow up to 700kg, which takes about three years (normal beef only gets about 15 months). Every single cow has a birth certificate, which identifies its bloodline, so every piece of Japanese Wagyu steak can be traced back to a farm. Which means Wagyu is only an option if you’re looking to splurge the cash.
Talking of splurging, The Tottori Wagyu Complete Cow bento contains nearly nine pounds of premium wagyu beef that has been rated by the Wagyu Registry Association as the highest-quality beef in Japan. That probably explains why this indulgent bento will set you back a cool 292,929 yen—or right around $2,600.
That price tag offers more than just a little taste — the bento box is an entire Japanese beef experience.
The box itself —which is nearly two feet wide, made from solid wood and weighs about 33 pounds when filled—has compartments in the shape of a cow with each one corresponding to the cut of beef it contains including prime rib, tenderloin, sirloin tip, brisket, chuck tender, tongue and temple. To finish off the banquet diners also get four-pounds of Kinu Musume rice and an entire root of wasabi.
If you want to get your hands on one of these beauties you can do so here. Do so and you’ll be able to tell your friends that you ate the officially recognized Guinness World Record holder for the ‘Most Expensive Bento Box’. Fancy that.
If it’s a little out of your price range then for a short time only the world’s rarest steak is available in the U.S. For a relatively small fee you can join the meat subscription company and have access to new, delicious cuts each month. Truly the perfect gift for any meat lover!