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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

Eggs
2
Shiro-dashi (or mentsuyu)
3 tablespoons
Water
350 ml
Fish sausages
1
Fava beans
12
Cherry blossoms preserved in salt
4

Steps

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.