Friday 19 September 2014


Chawanmushi Japanese Steam Egg Custard

Serves 4

Preparation & Cook Time: 45 minutes


1. 3 eggs (approx. 250ml)
2. 500ml water
3. 12 pieces of bite size chicken breast
4. 4 shitake mushrooms cut into 4 slices each
5. 4 shrimps
6. 12 pieces of carrots diced (Optional)
7. A handful of green peas (Optional)
8. 12 goji berries (optional)
9. A handful chopped spring onions for garnish
10. 3 tsp soya sauce
11. 1 tsp mirin or rice wine (optional)
12. 1/2 stp corn starch
13. Salt & pepper


1. Marinade chicken with 1 tsp soya sauce, corn starch and some pepper.
2. Bring to boil a pot of water with approx. 1 inch of water for steaming egg.
3. Beat eggs, add 2 tsp soya sauce, 1 tsp mirin, 1 tsp salt and water.
4. In 4 teacups, add 3 carrots, 3 pieces of chicken, 1 shrimp, 4 slices of shitake mushroom, a handful of green peas and 3 goji berries into each teacup.
5. Cover each teacup with aluminum foil.
6. Place on a stand in the pot of boiling water, cover and steam for 15 minutes on medium-low heat (no. 4.5 on my stove).
7. You can check done-ness by sticking a tooth-pick into it. If it does not stick to the tooth-pick, it is done.
8. Garnish with spring onion and serve.

Video Demonstration:

Additional Information:

You can add any filings you wish, or leave it out altogether. It will still taste good. To achieve the smooth texture, it is important that you do not add too little or too much water, and do not steam it over high steam. The lower the heat, the smoother the texture. You can use any kind of mushrooms. I like to use shimeji mushrooms, but I ran out of it today, so I used dried shitake mushrooms instead.


Marinade chicken with 1 tsp soya sauce and some pepper.

 Prepare all the ingredients and bring to boil a pot of water for steaming

While waiting for the water to boil, beat eggs, add 2 tsp soya sauce, 1 tsp mirin, 1 tsp salt and water

Add 3 pieces of chicken into each teacup

Add 1 shrimp into each teacup

Add 4 slices of shitake mushrooms into each teacup

Add 3 pieces of carrots into each teacup

Add green peas into each teacup

Pour in egg mixture and add 3 goji berries into each teacup

Cover each teacup with aluminum foil

Place on a stand in a pot of boiling water

Cover, reduce to medium-low heat (no. 4.5 on my stove) and steam for 15 minutes

Garnish with spring onion and serve

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