Restaurant Style Thick and Creamy Tenshin-Don ♪

Restaurant Style Thick and Creamy Tenshin-Don ♪

My family and I all love Tenshin-don (an egg and seafood dish with thickened sauce served on rice). This is a Kansai-region style version without any vinegar, but you can easily recreate the flavor of a restaurant.

Ingredients: 1 serving

A. Water
200 ml
A. Weipa
1/2 teaspoon
A. Soy sauce
1/2 to 1 teaspoon
A. Oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon
A. Sake
1/2 teaspoon
A. Mirin
1/2 teaspoon
A. Grated garlic
just a tiny bit
A. Sesame oil
a bit less than 1 tablespoon
Salt and pepper
to taste
2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon
Shrimp, canned crab, crabsticks, or whatever you like (I used canned crab)
to taste
Green onions or leeks of your choice (white leek, green onions, etc.)
to taste
White cooked rice
1 rice bowl full (about 150g)
If you prefer Kanto-region style sauce with vinegar, add 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar with the A. ingredients
I use a 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) measuring spoon to measure some ingredients.


1. Chop the onion finely. If you are using large shrimp, cut into 2-3cm pieces.
2. Break the eggs into a bowl, add salt and pepper and beat.
3. Dissolve the katakuriko in twice the amount in water. If you prefer a thicker sauce, use 1 tablespoon of katakuriko.
4. Put all the A. ingredients in a pan and heat. Taste and add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
5. I use Weipa soup stock base, but if you don't have this use another chicken soup stock base and make 200 ml of soup with it.
6. When the step 4 sauce has come to a boil, stir with a ladle while you add the step 3 katakuriko dissolved in water little by little to make the ankake sauce.
7. Once you have a smooth, lump-free sauce, turn the heat off right away. *If you let it simmer for too long and it gets too salty, add a little water to adjust.
8. Put a generous amount of sesame oil in a frying pan, stir fry the Step 1 ingredients quickly and season with salt and pepper. Here I used shrimp.
9. Put the stir fried ingredients into the beaten egg from Step 2 oil and all, and mix well. If you are using canned crab, just stir fry the onion and add the crab, can liquids and all, into the beaten egg.
10. Crabsticks are treated like canned crab - just add them to the egg rather than stir frying them. By adding the oil that you stir fried the onion in, it'll be easier to make fluffy light scrambled eggs later.
11. Put 1 rice bowl full of white cooked rice in the serving dish or bowl. You can moisten a rice bowl, pack it tightly with rice and invert it on a plate - this makes a nice neat presentation.
12. Add some more sesame oil to the frying pan you used in Step 9, and heat until it's smoking.
13. At the same time, start re-heating the ankake sauce from Step 7 over low heat.
14. When the frying pan is very hot, add the Step 9 egg mixture all at once, and rapidly mix it up from the center with cooking chopsticks to cook.
15. When the egg is soft-set (the whites should be semi-translucent) slide it out of the frying pan right onto the rice.
16. The cooking time for the egg depends on how hot your cooktop can get, but it takes me about 15 seconds. Put the egg on the rice when it looks like the photo.
17. The inside is still liquid in step 16, but it will become nice and creamy very soon with residual heat. By just putting it on the bed of rice, it will form a nice rounded shape.
18. Pour the heated up ankake sauce from Step 13 over the egg, top with chopped green onion or leek, and it's done.
19. It may seem like there's too much ankake sauce to start. But it's just the right amount for 1 adult sized bowl of rice.
20. If you are from the Kanto (Tokyo) region and you just have to have vinegar in the sauce, add 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar. These days I like either version.
21. This is a related recipe: Recipe ID: 1359655 "Our Golden Ratio ♪ Thick Ankake Sauce For Crispy Chinese Noodles and Chinese-Flavored Rice Bowls". If you like this Tenshin-don recipe, please give that one a try too.
22. If you like eggs, try Recipe ID: 893419 "Non-oil: Hotel style scrambled eggs" too if you's soo easy.
23. Aren't egg based rice bowls so delicious? Try Recipe ID: 1333654 Our Golden Ratio for Egg Rice Bowls or Oyako (Chicken and Egg) Rice Bowls.
24. Recipe ID: 1099790 "Our Family's Golden Ratio ♪ Delicious and Authentic Chilled Chinese Noodles". is part of my "Chinese-style cooking at home" series.

Story Behind this Recipe

My family and I all love Tenshin-don.