Silky Smooth Japanese Steamed Egg Custard, Chawanmushi 茶碗蒸
Filled with Fragrance of Dashi Stock and Flavourful Ingredients
Japanese Steamed Egg Custard (Chawanmushi)
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- 4 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked till soft and drained well.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cups dashi, or japanese stock
- 2 eggs, large
- 1/2 Carrot, sliced into 12 pieces
- 12 gingko, remove shell, peeled and precooked
- 1 tbsp mirin, or 1 tbsp glutinous rice wine + 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- First, have ready 4 small steaming cups with lids.
- Then soaked dried shiitake mushrooms in water till soft. Drain well the softened mushroom and slice into thin pieces. Retain the mushroom liquid for later use.
- Cut carrot into thin slices and shape into florets using a vegetable cutter.
- Remove shell and peel off skin of gingko nuts.
- Next, prepare dashi stock by adding one packet of dashi powder into a cup of mushroom liquid. Over low heat, stir to dissolve the dashi powder. Then leave aside to cool.
- Then whisk two eggs in a bowl. Beat gently so that the eggs do not froth up too much.
- Add in the seasonings and dashi stock. Stir to mix well.
- Then gently strain the egg mixture through sieve into a measuring cup for easier pouring. Next, prepare the steamer.
- First, place the 4 empty cups into the steaming pot. Then pour water till it covers half way up the exterior of the cups. Next, remove the cups, cover the pot and boil the water in the pot.
- While waiting for the water to boil, divide equally the cut mushrooms, carrot and peeled gingko into the 4 cups. Then gently pour the strained egg mixture equally into the cups and place on the lids. And we're ready to steam the custard!
- Once the water in steamer starts to boil, reduce heat to low. Place the filled covered cups gently into the water and cover the pot. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Check for doneness by inserting a wooden skewer into the custard and it should come out clean.
- Serve immediately and Enjoy!
Preparing the Ingredients:
Prepare the steamer:
Prepare the Egg Custard:
Use the LOWEST heat possible to steam the egg custard as this will ensure a smooth and flawless top and egg texture. Substitution for mirin: 1 tablespoon glutinous rice wine + 1 teaspoon sugar (turns out well!)