A Generous Portion of Red Stew: Steering Up Ostrich Meat in Nepal

Posted On December ,

A native bird of Africa has come to the Himalayan country offering the generous portion of healthiest meat that has ever been discovered in the world. The world is now just a global village where the cultural food transfer from one region to another is not a rare phenomenon. And if gypsies come with the hordes of ostriches riding on their back to the snowy mountain then one must not be mistaken with un-forgetful tales of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Mark Twain claimed that “reality is stranger than fiction”, but seldom does it appear before eyes and lies hidden forever.

The nightmare had turned into reality with the recent introduction of ostrich meat in the Nepalese market. The ostrich meat was officially launched recently in Nepal amidst the grand ceremony held at Royal Banquet, Tinkune, Kathmandu, which might be a latest savory experience of an African delicacy and definitely a must try food for the meat lovers and food connoisseurs as well. With the motive of introducing a new era to the modern agriculture, an extraordinary new venture has been introduced in Nepal by Ostrich Nepal P. Ltd., the only commercial farming of the world’s biggest flightless bird under the ratite family. Ostrich farm in Nepal which was established in 2065 B.S. at Gangoliya, Rupendehi is also being developed as a tourist attraction. This farm goes 
through standard quality procedures from egg production, hatching , rearing, slaughtering, freezing, meat packaging and logistics ensuring the highest of the quality with its advanced machineries and technologies.

Seemingly an odd concept for many of us, the farm was initiated by Mr. C.P. Sharma, Managing Director of Ostrich Nepal, inspired by the growing popularity of ostrich meat in foreign countries and the numerous health benefits it has in comparison to other meats. An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Sharma, with the help of other directors Tilakraj Kandel, Dr. Sharmila Sharma, Rajeshwori Kandel, Raunak Bikram Kandel, Nawaraj Shrestha, and Bishnu Gyawali dared this innovative farming and also have been gaining expected outcome with the increasing sales even before official launching.

When it comes to the combination of great taste and health, ostrich is truly one of the most superior meats in existence. It may be unusual for some to think about the planet’s largest bird in this manner, but the taste of ostrich is incredibly similar to wild duck with beefy flavor but lower in calories, cholesterol, and fat than chicken and turkey, while remaining high in iron, vitamins, minerals and protein. It is also the leading recommended source of protein. The meat is also rich in omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids which are essential for heart and brain. Although these fatty acids are also found in fish, there is always risk of mercury contamination in the water which makes ostrich meat the safest and the only source of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids found on land.

But there surmounts wider ignorance about the cooking method among the customers as well as chefs of Nepal. But the company has been organizing various campaigns and training sessions to educate the people about ostrich meat and its cooking method. Recently, Ostrich Nepal organized a training session at GATE College on 31st March 2015 to train chefs on the method of cooking ostrich meat. On the same occasion, some chefs voluntarily cook the meat after a briefing session conducted by Mr. Sharma and live demonstration by Mr. Suresh Basnet, Corporate Chef of Bajeko Sekuwa. Frozen packet of ostrich meat can be
left to gain temperature by sinking it in water of normal temperature for half to one hour before slicing to the required shape and size. Ostrich meat does not contain fats in-between muscles which makes it confusing to cook for the beginner. However, it is the easiest meat to cook because it requires very less time and virtually no ingredients at all. The ostrich boneless meat being juicy and flavorful, it is highly recommended not to cook beyond 5-6 minutes. When the red color of the meat disappears the dish becomes ready to serve, and it is best served immediately. 

If the ostrich meat is overcooked the meat loses its juicy flavor and becomes tough in texture which might leave an impression of an undercooked meat. Thus ostrich boneless meat can be enjoyed within 10 minutes making it very versatile.

The product accords with international sanitation and hygienic standard. Before slaughtering, the bird is quarantined and checked for its health condition which ensures the highest quality and honors ethical animal rights. Soon after the slaughter, the meat is blast frozen at minus 35° C and stored for 24 hours. This eliminates most of the harmful germs and bacteria. “Even during the supply of the meat to the market, we maintain the meat at minus 18° C. As we are committed to deliver 100% healthy and safe meat to our customers, the meat could be found only at the stores which maintain hygienic and sanitation regulation” claimed Mr. Sharma.

“We have targeted to sell 500 kg of ostrich meat per day in the valley. The cost of the bird’s meat with bone costs Rs. 1,110 per kg and without bone Rs1,700 per kg. Tenderloin has a price tag of Rs. 2,500 per kg. We also have an introductory offer under which customers get a discount of Rs. 200 per kg which they can redeem on the next purchase. We have aimed to export the meat of Rs. 5 billion, while as leather, fat and feather of around 2.5 billion till 2020” said Mr. Sharma.

Ostrich meat has also been termed as game meat, which is red and rich in dietary fibers. The meat can be consumed even by diabetic and heart patients too because of its nutritional properties. As it takes lesser time in cooking as well as for its preparation than other kind of red meats, with this combination of great taste, nutrition and incredible versatility in cooking, the Ostrich meat is rapidly gaining its place in the menu of finest restaurants in the country. While considering all these benefits, it is also termed as future meat. So, go enjoy the great combination of healthiest potion appetizingly.

Ostrich Nepal’s products are also available in departmental stores like Saleways, Stuti Mero Mart and Namaste Supermarket besides various meat marts located in Jawalakhel, Patan, Kumaripati and Jhamsikhel, among other locations. Ostrich dishes are now available at different restaurants around Kathmandu city:
1. Bajeko Sekuwa's all outlets
2. New Orleans,Thamel
3. Crazy Burgers, Thamel
4. The Old House, Durbarmarg
5. Nanglo’s all outlets
6. Le Sherpa, Lazimpat
7. Bid Café, Lazimpat
8. Universal Café, Sukhedhara
9. Indreni Foodland, New Baneswor
10. The Organic Café, Thamel
11. Royal Events, Tinkune
12. Dilli Durbar, Charkhal Adda
13. Safa Chaurasi Byanjan, New Baneswor
14. Diyalo Foodland, Dhapasi, Basundhara

For further details contact:
ostrich.kathmandu@gmail.com
Naxal, KathmanduHead Office:

Mr. C.P. Sharma, Managing Director
Ostrich Nepal
Gangoliya, Rupendehi
Phone no: 9857020517, 71-541932