Chawanmushi which literally means “steamed in a tea cup/ bowl” is a popular Japanese steamed savoury egg custard dish. Unlike many other custards, this can be eaten as a dish in a meal. It is usually served as an appetizer in any traditional Japanese meal. This silky smooth egg custard consists of an egg mixture flavoured with dashi which is a cooking stock used in most Japanese cuisine. For this recipe, I have chosen a simple version of the savoury egg custard with only vegetarian filling.
Chawanmushi is quite similar to that of Chinese steam eggs, but the fillings may differ. The Chinese version of steamed egg is a lot simpler and is usually served in a steaming bowl with steamed rice. Chawanmushi on the other hand is delicately flavoured with dashi stock and embedded with ingredients at the bottom of the egg custard. Also, what’s so special is, this silky smooth egg custard is usually served in small Japanese tea cups for an authentic chawanmushi experience.
As always, ENJOY!