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In Chaliapin Steak, onions are used to tenderize beef before it's grilled and topped with onions sauteed with red wine.

Chaliapin Steak Don

In this recipe, I've taken Yukihira Soma's Chaliapin Steak Don from the anime series Food Wars and turned it into a dish that works in real life. With tender, juicy steak topped with an onion and red wine emulsion all served over a bed of tangy ume rice, this one-bowl meal is mind-blowingly good.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese, Japanese-Western
Keyword donburi, food wars, rice bowl
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef, Rice
Diet Low Sugar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 737 kcal


For Chaliapin Steak

  • 270 grams steak
  • 350 grams onions (finely diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons cultured unsalted butter

To serve

  • 2 servings Japanese short grain rice (2 rice cooker cups cooked in rice cooker)
  • 70 grams umeboshi (10% sodium, pitted and minced)
  • Scallions (chopped for garnish)


  1. Cut slits 1/3 of the way into the steak 1/4-inch apart. Flip the steak over and repeat, holding the knife at the same angle.
    Tenderize the steak by cutting slits in it.
  2. Mix the onions and salt and surround the steak in onions. Cover and marinate in the fridge overnight.
    Marinate the steak with salted onions.
  3. When the steak is done marinating, brush off all of the onions from the meat and set the onions aside. Season both sides of the steak with black pepper.
    Season the tenderized steak with black pepper.
  4. Preheat a frying pan over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the vegetable oil, and then add the steak.
    Pan fry the Chaliapin Steak in oil until browned on both sides.
  5. Fry on one side until nicely browned, and then flip and fry the other side.
    Chaliapin steak with a browned crust
  6. When the steak is cooked to your liking, transfer it to a plate and let it rest while you prepare the onions.
  7. Turn down the heat and add the onions. Stir-fry these until they've started to brown around the edges, but they still hold their shape (about 6 minutes).
    Onions browned in the pan the steak was fried in.
  8. Add the soy sauce and continue stir-frying until the liquid has evaporated and the soy sauce starts to smell toasty.
    Onions with caramelized soy sauce forms the basis for Chaliapin Steak Sauce.
  9. Add the red wine and boil until it no longer smells like alcohol.
    Pan of sauteed onions being deglazed with red wine.
  10. To finish the sauce, add the butter and vigorously whisk it in to thicken the sauce.
    Butter being emulsified in the onion sauce for Chaliapin Steak.
  11. For the rice, fold the minced umeboshi into the hot rice until evenly distributed.
    Rice with umeboshi mixed in for Chaliapin Steak Don.
  12. Fill two bowls with the ume rice, and then top with the sliced steak. Finish each bowl with a mound of onions, and garnish with some chopped scallions.
    Rice bowl topped with sliced Chaliapin Steak and onion sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Chaliapin Steak Don
Amount Per Serving
Calories 737 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 1377mg57%
Potassium 748mg21%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 374IU7%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.