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Steamed Egg Custard with Vegetables (Chawan-mushi)

December 18, 2017

Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
To serve 4

You will need

4 eggs
1 1/8 pints stock
2 teaspoons mirin (See Card No. 20)
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon monosodium glutamate
3 oz. very thinly sliced chicken
4 dried shiitake (dried Japanese mushroom) or canned mushrooms
4 prawns
4 oz. white fish
1/2 teaspoon sake (Japanese rice wine) (see Card No. 20)
4 green beans

Beat the eggs well, add stock, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon mirin, 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon monosodium glutamate. Strain into a basin. Put chicken on to a plate, add 1 teaspoon mirin and 1 teaspoon soy sauce and leave for 5 minutes. Soak shiitake in water till soft, then drain, if mushrooms are used, slice thinly. Peel and devein the prawns and cut in half. Shred the fish and sprinkle with the sake and a little salt. Slice the green beans thinly in a slanting direction. Cook in boiling water and drain. Divide the chicken shiitake, prawns, fish and green beans equally between 4 fireproof dishes. Pour the egg mixture over, cover with greased paper and steam until custard has set (about 20 minutes).

Note This is a hot dish in which chicken, shiitake, green beans, fish, prawns, etc. are steamed together in an egg mixture. It can be made from canned crab meat only with the egg mixture. Also, instead of steaming each serving separately, it can all be put in a casserole together and baked in the oven as a baked custard.

© Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968

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