Simple Chawan-mushi (Steamed Egg Custard) with Cherry Blossoms & Fava Beans

Simple Chawan-mushi (Steamed Egg Custard) with Cherry Blossoms & Fava Beans

The ingredients are minimal! You need to prepare different ingredients to make the usual chawan-mushi, but with this recipe it is easy to make and you can enjoy a tasty dish without any fuss.

Ingredients: 4 servings

Shiro-dashi (or mentsuyu)
3 tablespoons
350 ml
Fish sausages
Fava beans
Cherry blossoms preserved in salt


1. Soak the preserved cherry blossom in water to remove the saltiness.
2. Boil the fava beans and shell them.
3. Slice the fish sausage and cut off a little triangle on an edge to make them look like cherry blossom petals.
4. Add the shiro dashi to the eggs and combine well.
5. Stir in water to ④ little by little.
6. Put the fava beans and sausage slices in individual serving dishes. Strain ⑤ egg mixture through a fine sieve into the dishes.
7. Put the dishes in a steamer. Steam them over a high heat for 2 minutes and turn the heat to low. Continue to steam for a further 10 to 12 minutes.
8. Garnish with the prepared cherry blossom on top. You can make your chawan-mushi more luxurious by adding tinned crab meat, scallops and clams.
9. These are the ingredients for using a steamer. If you want to use an oven, follow its manual.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to create spring-like dishes to enjoy the season.