Chaliapin Steak Don

Food Wars! Copycat Recipe

"Chaliapin Steak Don" is the ultimate tender steak rice bowl. This dish was made famous through an anime called "Food Wars!" and is made up of refreshing umeboshi and shiso flavored rice, topped with marinated steak, soft golden onions and a rich red wine sauce. It will literally melt your mouth!

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Chaliapin Steak Don


2 servings




1 hour




what you'll need:

» sirloin steak » onion » unsalted butter » beef fat » cooked rice » pickled plums (umeboshi) » perilla leaves (ooba/shiso) » chopped green onion » red wine » soy sauce » cornstarch

Tenderize the steak

Wrap the steak and gently pound until about 3/4 inch thick. Unwrap and diagonally score the top and bottom, being careful not to cut too deep.


Coat with onion

Blitz onion in a food processor and line a tray with half of the mixture. Place the steaks on the onion, then spread the other half on top. Cover and marinate for 30 mins.


Fry onion

Finely chop the rest of the onion and fry with butter until softened and lightly golden. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat and set aside for later.


Wipe the steaks

Scrape the onion off of the steaks and discard. Wash with cold water and pat the surface dry with kitchen paper. 


Fry the steaks

Heat a pan on high and melt some beef fat. Fry the steaks on both sides until they reach your preferred doneness. I recommend an internal temperature of 53 °C (127 °F).



Transfer the steaks to a plate and rest until serving time.


Make sauce

Melt butter in a pan over medium. Add soy sauce, red wine and any juices from the resting steaks. Bubble for 1 minute then add slurry and simmer until thickened.


Flavor the rice

Mix shredded perilla leaves and the flesh of Japanese pickled plums (umeboshi) with cooked rice until evenly distributed.



Slice the rested beef. Divide the rice between serving bowls and arrange the beef slices around the top. Top with the fried onions and sauce, then garnish with chopped green onions.


See the full post for more information plus substitutes and additional ingredient ideas!