Chawanmushi

Chawanmushi

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From
How to Cook Healthily
Serves
4
Photographer
Issy Croker

This awesome savoury egg custard is a Japanese speciality, and on my first visit to Japan when I tried it, I wasn’t quite sure what it was. However, it has a lovely flavour and texture. You could throw all manner of vegetables and seafood into this dish. Dashi stock is available in Asian supermarkets, but if you can’t find it, use vegetable stock instead.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 shiitake mushrooms, sliced in half
olive oil, for frying
3 eggs
240ml dashi stock
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon cooking sake, (optional)
4 large, cooked king prawns
coriander, to serve
sea salt

Method

  1. Briefly sauté the shiitake mushrooms in olive oil and allow to cool completely.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the stock, soy sauce, sake, if using, and a pinch of salt. Mix well then begin to add this mixture to the eggs, beating as you go to ensure an even mix.
  4. Place two slices of mushroom and one prawn (shrimp) in each of 4 cups. Fill the cups with the egg mixture.
  5. Place the cups in a steamer and steam for around 15 minutes. Check that they are cooked by inserting a toothpick into them; if it comes out with egg mixture on it, then steam for a bit longer. Garnish with coriander (cilantro) to serve.

Note

  • Steaming

    Fish and seafood

    Perfect as a side
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