Food

Gordon Ramsay Loves Horse Meat (For Good Reason)

“This horse is so raw, a skilled vet could save him”.

I had to tweak a Gordon Ramsay meme for this post because I know he’s putting up the good fight to encourage people to eat horse.

The Scottish-born chef admits: “I’ve eaten horse”, and says that it is healthy, with lots of iron and half the fat of beef and far more Omega 3 essential fatty acids. He describes horse meat as “slightly gamey” and “packed with protein” – via the UK-based Telegraph.

Whether or not you eat it raw or cooked with shallot, garlic, and thyme, it’s a good alternative for protein in an ever-growing world, and this just might be the viable alternative to the almighty cow. Although you might be wondering why not just stick with the cows? Well, give this article a read: “why horsemeat is better than beef”.

Throughout Europe, South America, and Asia they already do (4.7 million horses a year), most notably in Germany and France.

“For more than 150 years, Americans have eaten horse meat — both out of necessity, and for its unique taste. And at times, didn’t just eat it: they loved it, savored it, and treasured every last morsel. Our strange relationship with horses goes beyond companionship and into the realms of culinary enjoyment.” – via Priceonomics “When Americans Ate Horse” by Zachary Crockett, a good article worth reading.

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3 different cuts served with green onion, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.

Pictured is the raw version in Japan (“basashi”) where it’s dipped with grated ginger and garlic, scallion, and soy sauce. It’s sweet, tender and on the lean side, and I love it. The only thing better is having it with several beers at an izakaya, oishii desu.

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“ba” = horse and “sashi” = raw slices

Before you try to go find this in the U.S., don’t even bother trying to find a place because they only serve it overseas such as in Japan. These shots were taken when I was in Japan.

Journalist and broadcaster Janet Street Porter convincing people to try horse meat.

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