Chawan Mushi (Japanese Egg Custard) with Grilled Eringi Mushrooms

I have written so much about this Japanese savoury custard, I don’t really know where to start…  I am still under its charm and my recently bought steamer set increased the frequency of my chawan mushi meals. Thanks to its incredible lightness, no matter how often I have chawan mushi, I don’t need to feel guilty, count calories…Continue Reading “Chawan Mushi (Japanese Egg Custard) with Grilled Eringi Mushrooms”

Chawan Mushi 茶碗蒸し (Japanese Egg Custard) with Chanterelle Mushroom

Chawan Mushi with Chanterelles crossed to my mind a couple of days ago, when I was still half asleep, taking first sips of my morning coffee. This gives you an idea about how much I love this mushroom and, accidentally, how often I think about cooking…. I followed my plan the same evening and must proudly say that it turned…Continue Reading “Chawan Mushi 茶碗蒸し (Japanese Egg Custard) with Chanterelle Mushroom”

Chawan Mushi with Asparagus (Japanese Savoury Egg Custard with Asparagus)

Chawan mushi is a perfect representative of these comforting, universally enjoyable dishes, which are hardly known in Europe and which surprise all those who still associate Japanese food with sushi and raw fish. For me it has all the qualities of a perfect dish: it is light and healthy, but filling; it is extremely versatile,…Continue Reading “Chawan Mushi with Asparagus (Japanese Savoury Egg Custard with Asparagus)”

Chicken Loaf “Wind in the Pines” (Toriniku Matsukaze-yaki (鶏肉松風焼き)

I am always drawn to poetic dish names, so rare in European cuisines. Doesn’t Wind in the Pines (Toriniku Matsukaze-yaki, 鶏肉松風焼き) sound incomparably better than Chicken Loaf? One might wonder how a baked chicken loaf can bear such a beautiful name? According to Shizuo Tsuji, the author of the magnificent “The Japanese Cooking. A Simple Art”, where I found…Continue Reading “Chicken Loaf “Wind in the Pines” (Toriniku Matsukaze-yaki (鶏肉松風焼き)”

Chawan Mushi (茶碗蒸し), or Egg Custard with Shrimp and Peas

  Beautiful, uncomplicated, healthy, nourishing and luscious. Most of you will not be surprised if I add it is a Japanese dish I’m talking about. On the other hand, those who associate Japanese cuisine with sushi, seaweed and miso soup, would certainly be in awe if they tasted Chawan Mushi, one of the most universally…Continue Reading “Chawan Mushi (茶碗蒸し), or Egg Custard with Shrimp and Peas”