The mother of all steaks in Nepal or the world?
There are many claims to the largest steak in the world. Most are purpose-built. In Nepal the Chateaubriand Steak is available in a few of the steakhouses every day. It’s a monster 1 kilo steak. That’s a 2.2 pound steak.
I have no doubt there are other steaks in the world out there that a larger but Nepal this is the biggest …
What is a Chateaubriand Steak?
Technically a Chateaubriand Steak is actually the cut of meat. A thick slice of tenderloin. It was invented by Montmireil, the head chef for the French diplomat François-René de Chateaubriand during the Napoleonic era. It’s meant to be served with potatoes and mustard.
In Nepal it’s simply a huge slab of meat served with leak, potato, mushroom, green beans and spinach. It’s available in monstrous half kilo portions known as half Chateaubriand and a full Chateaubriand which weighs in at 1 kilo. And yes, I had one.
What does Chateaubriand steak taste like in Nepal?
Good, albeit a little filling.
It’s basically the equivalent to having half a cow served up on a huge silver platter.
As any sane person might guess it’s really meant for 3-4 people rather than one. The additional vegetables and potato chips make it a monstrous portion to consume alone.
The meat is reasonably tender and in fairness to Nepalese chefs is very well cooked throughout. It’s covered in a light garlic butter to add to the succulent flavors oozing in from the vegetables.
While you might think it looks hideously unhealthy. The combination of vegetable and garlic make this serious slab of meat feel good to eat after an arduous trek.
Why is there a steak this large in a poor economically deprived country like Nepal?
Tourists and trekkers. The latter more so. There’s an old school tradition of celebrating a trek or summit by having a big meal and drink with your team. When out trekking things like meat can become quite scarce and it’s not unusual to not have any for weeks.
Coming back to either Pokhara or Kathmandu many trekkers and summiteers are craving for meat and a steak the size of a Chateaubriand is more than tempting.
All beef in Nepal comes up from Bangladesh in case you were wondering. Check out my post on last of the $2 dollar steaks in Nepal for more.
Meanwhile is you happen to have been trekking for weeks and have an insatiable craving for a giant steak try out the Chateaubriand steak at one of the main Everest steak houses in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.
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