Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Chawanmushi means "steamed in a tea cup". It is such a elegant starter. But sadly it has become so commercial that you can even order it to go from Japanese fast food chains like Yoshinoya. Even if I were to order it at a restaurant, most times it's just okay (or at least not done the way I would have liked it to be done).

So here's my attempt to recreate one of my favorite Japanese dish.

Chawanmushi (serves 4)

4 prawns, deshelled & deveined
1 small chicken fillet, sliced thinly
430 ml dashi stock
sake (I substituted with chinese wine)
soy sauce
4 eggs, beaten lightly
4 mushrooms, remove stems & sliced
1 small carrot, halved, sliced thinly
8 spinach leaves, blanched

  1. Marinade chicken & prawns in 1 tsp soy sauce & sake. Stand for 10 mins
  2. Mix dashi, 3 Tbsp soy sauce & 1 Tbsp sake & add to beaten eggs.
  3. Strain egg mixture over a sieve
  4. Divide chicken, prawns & veges into 4 cups
  5. Pour egg mixture over. Make sure to leave space at the top of the cup
  6. Cover each cup with plastic wrap
  7. In a steamer, bring water to boil, then reduce heat ** this is really important if you want a smooth custard, do not steam over boiling water.
  8. Steam for 20-25 mins until custard set
Note : I don't like gingko nuts so you won't find them in this recipe.

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