Otaku Café – Shokugeki no Soma

Shokugeki no Soma dish 8

One order of the “anniversary special” coming right up!

To the surprise of no one, I was inspired to do some more cooking by an anime with drool-worthy food porn. The attention to detail in Shokugeki no Soma is amazing – you can see everything from the juices running out of meat to individual grains of pepper sprinkled on top of dishes. Not only that, the recipes are clever and use surprisingly advanced techniques you could find in any reputable restaurant’s kitchen. I can praise the recipes personally since I’ve recreated 3 of them here in this post. Want to see what’s so good about Soma’s cooking that it makes girls buckle in the knees and shamelessly moan? Put on your apron and let’s go!

“Gotcha!” Pork Roast

Shokugeki no Soma dish 5

Right from episode 1, I knew I was going to try and recreate Soma’s dishes. This one is rather simple as it requires only a couple of cheap ingredients. As long as you have bacon and potatoes – you’re golden. This dish isn’t very filling, but boy does it pack a wallop of flavour. Want an impressive side dish or appetizer? This is your best bet. Just be wary not to overwrap the potatoes with bacon for the sake of presentation, or else you’ll be getting a big mouthful of grease.

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Soma’s Fried Rice

Shokugeki no Soma Chow Fan

I can’t believe I’ve never made fried rice before this. It’s absurdly easy and the payoff is tenfold. You put in leftover rice and whatever meat you scrounge up from your fridge and get a delicious meal out of it. All I had to do, really, was use the same ingredients as Soma did based off of screenshots. I firmly stand by my choice of using edamame instead of green peas though.

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Chaliapin Steak Donburi

Shokugeki no Soma dish 7

Warning: this tastes obscenely good but it will make your entire house smell like onions if you aren’t careful. Guess who wasn’t careful? Anyways, Soma wasn’t lying about green onions being a killer marinade. I experimented with both a steak that I pounded thinly and a regular one and the onions worked their magic on both. Of course, it’s better when it’s nice and thin so the flavour can spread throughout. The result is a delightfully onion-y steak that is tender, juicy, and bursting with flavour. I don’t even like onions very much and this one really did it for me. It’s my favourite out of the trio of dishes here – and it’s not even Soma’s final version of the dish!

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Happy Anniversary, Metanorn! This is my homage to Metanorn being around for 7 years and me being around for about 5/7 of those years. Cooking food has recently become a hobby of mine in the past couple of years, and I really like testing myself by trying to copycat fictional dishes. I’m not the only one either, as both the producer of the show and other bloggers are getting in on the Shokugeki no Soma cooking trend. Maybe you should too. Everyone loves a guy/girl/whatever who can cook.


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8 Responses to “Otaku Café – Shokugeki no Soma”

  1. BlackBriar says:

    Ahem! Yes, I’m ready to order. I’ll take one Fried Rice, one Chaliapin Steak Donburi and a Pork Roast as a side dish, please. Whoever created Shokugeki no Soma is a genius. They’ve created a new infectious craze. For the Chaliapin Steak, I like onions to a degree and would easily deal with the aroma throughout the kitchen than endure the scent of garlic. When the onions are cooked, the teary-eyed effects dissipate.

    If you had a duck lying around, would you be tempted to recreate the same dish the Aldini brothers prepared in Shokugeki no Soma’s 8th episode?

    5 out of 7 years. Hahaha! You seem to have forgotten that’s how much time you’ve spent here. Blogging animes must have been really distracting, huh? 😛

    It’s not just the producer and other bloggers getting in on the trend, Soma’s seiyuu Kirito Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is in on it as well. He’s already had two videos of him recreating Soma’s dishes posted on ANN some time ago.

    • Overcooled says:

      Coming right up!

      I just saw episode 8 yesterday and man, it looked difficult. I’d have to feel really adventurous to try making that!

      I’ll have to look for those videos of Soma’s seiyuu doing some cooking..! Thanks for the heads up!

  2. skylion says:

    I would gladly try every dish here. I would scrape off all the excess onions on the steak, but the resulting flavour would be fine.

    Fried rice is sooooooo much fun to make. I kinda burnt out on plain rice last year (ate it in bulk every day for dietary reasons….so it kinda got to me). Now I have no reason not to get back into the swing of it.

    • Overcooled says:

      I’m still slowly getting used to onions. They’re alright in moderation!

      It’s fun and super easy to make. Looks like you’re going to have to go buy some rice and make use of those leftovers!

  3. CarVac says:

    I tried making the Chaliapin steak the day of that episode but I think sweet onions don’t tenderize the meat enough. I used Vidalia onions which are super sweet and caramelized deliciously for a great topping, but the steak wasn’t quite as tender as I had hoped.

    By green onion, do you mean scallions?

    • Overcooled says:

      Nice to see more people trying out the dishes! I used a mixture of onions, but I think the green onions (exactly the same thing as scallions) must really be what tenderizes it and imparts the oniony flavour.

      Mmmm a sweet onion topping does sound good though.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    I got all excited to tell my mom about the onion “marinade,” and she said it used to be her dad’s super-secret grilling technique back in the late 1940’s. And that it’s in Betty Crocker. Everything old is new again!

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