The waiter asks, how do I like my lamb or steak and I hesitate.
It’s not the I don’t know how I like it, it’s that I don’t know how the chef interprets the term medium rare.
I’ve had meat I’ve requested medium rare come on the raw side of rare and the well done side of medium.
I’n not alone in my preference. A Beef + Lamb NZ poll found 42% of respondents opt for medium rare.
New Zealanders have spoken – steaks should be cooked medium-rare.
The result came off the back of The Great Steak Debate poll run on the Beef + Lamb Facebook page – fans were asked how they liked their steaks cooked with the choice of; rare, medium-rare, medium, medium-well and well-done.
Of the 1,500+ respondents, at the time of writing the results were as follows; 626 (42%) voted for medium-rare, 342 (23%) chose rare, 254 (17%) opted for medium, 168 (11%) voted for medium-well and 106 (7%) decided against their better judgement that ‘well-done’ was their preferred steak scenario.
I have yet to find a chef who doesn’t think a well-done steak is over-done.
The Great Steak Debate is one that has been discussed around the Kiwi dinner table for time immemorial.
It’s often a polarising topic that can create rifts between friends and family, with the insult ‘you’re ruining a bloody good piece of meat there, mate’ frequently hurled across the grill.
Tim Brittain Chairman of Angus Pure, winners of the Steak of Origin title in 2017, and an avid barbecue fan, weighed in on the argument:
“We’re delighted our great, steak loving nation has voted this way. Of course, it always comes down to personal preference but we at Angus Pure feel that if you want to get the most from our delicious product then medium rare is the perfect balance between taste and tenderness.”
As to how to ensure medium rare is the way it should be, maybe I should carry a screen shot of these with me: