Singaporeans are familiar with Kurtobuta Pork or Japanese Black Pig Pork, but have you tried Budou-buta Pork or Japanese “Grape Pork”?
Esteemed local grill and steakhouse, Bedrock Bar & Grill is celebrating the year-end with Japan’s Budou-buta, also known as the “Grape Pork”, in its final edition of World Meat Series for 2019. With a diet that includes the polyphenol rich skin and seeds of grapes, Budou-buta has a soft and tender texture, and a milder scent than most pork. Guests can experience its flavours in three exclusive in-house creations, from now till 15 December 2019.
I love Bedrock’s World Meat Series. They are the one who introduced me to delightful, exotic meat selections like the Te Mana Lamb, the “Wagyu of Lambs” in the culinary world that originates from the elevated pastoral lands of New Zealand.
Bedrock is already well-known for their choice selection of steaks and established premium meats like Japanese Wagyu and US Angus. Their World Meat Series introduce meat lovers like me to fresh new flavours from around the world to offer something different.
Budou-buta pigs are raised amongst lush forests and winding rivers of one of Japan’s designated UNESCO ecopark, Aya Town, in Miyazaki. Only two farms in Aya Town have been certified to raise this breed, with high production standards to ensure very clean conditions, and a high focus on the pig’s health and well-being. The pigs feed on a special mix of Japanese grapes, home-prepared corn and non-genetically modified barley, said to have anti-bacterial properties.
The result is a delicate pork that melts in your mouth and leaves a faintly sweet aftertaste from the pig’s diet of grapes. To best present this meat to guests, the culinary team at Bedrock curated three original creations to suit all tastebuds.
The goodness of Budou-buta pork can thus be enjoyed in different forms and textures to your liking, such as the comforting Pulled Pork & Shrimp Sandwich ($48++) with truffle mayo and cucumber pickles:
Slice into the pork’s juicy tenderness with the Woodfire Grilled Pork Steak ($58++) with sauté potatoes and herb truffle sauce:
Or try the Pork Belly with Scallops ($68++), served with braised cabbage and corn puree:
My favourite for the night was the pork belly dish as i love my meat to be fatty for that rich, melty texture and flavour. The other two dishes are fantastic too and will also be great choices depending on one’s mood for the day. If I need to indulge in comfort food, the pulled pork sandwich will be perfect. If I prefer sometime more traditional and straight-forward, the wood-fired grilled pork steak will never disappoint.
Bedrock Bar & Grill’s World Meat Series is inspired by culinary travels and the quest to savour the finest meat cuts from all over the world. Editions have featured beef cuts such as the Brandt Beef as well as TE MANA LAMB.