Chaliapin Steak Don – Super Tender Steak

Recently we started watching another food anime called Shokugeki no Soma. It’s similar to Master Chef Junior which for those of you who don’t watch that show, is about really young cooking professionals between the ages of 8 to 13 who are put in unpredictable cooking challenges to test their skills and competencies in the kitchen. The only difference is that this anime is way more sexual in my opinion… and much more intense and exaggerated as you can expect in any anime.

We noticed a few bloggers who tried to recreate the recipes they’ve done in the anime which were reportedly created by chefs in real life to ensure that the show was as realistic as possible. We decided to take a stab at it ourselves and this was our end result.

Chaliapin Don

The cool thing behind this recipe is the science behind it. Supposedly the onion juice contains enzymes that helps break down the protein in the meat, helping it tenderize it further. It also helps marinate the meat as well.

There’s an interesting story behind this dish as well. The Chaliapin Steak is a Japanese Steak that was originally created for Russian Opera singer Feodor Chaliapin when he visited Japan as he requested a tender steak due to a toothache. As a result, this steak was created.

This dish is easy to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients. Best of all, the steak is full of flavour 🙂

To begin, make criss cross cuts along your steak to help it absorb the onion juices better. Season it well with salt and pepper.


Puree some onions and rub it all over the steak and allow to sit for at least 30 mins.

onion steak

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in mincing the pickled plum to mix in with your rice, you can go ahead and do so. It adds an interesting contrasting flavour to the dish.


When ready to cook, season the steak well with salt and pepper. Cook both side of the steak until you reach desired doneness.  Take the steak out and allow to rest for a few minutes.

Sauté the rest of your onions in the same pan with some butter until golden brown. Add some soy sauce and red wine (or chinese cooking wine) to the pan and cook until it’s all evaporated. Serve on top of your steak 🙂


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