Chawanmushi is a Japanese traditional steamed egg and dashi custard dish with mushroom, kamaboko, shrimp, and chicken. Chawan means tea cup and mushi is steam, so this is literally called "tea cup steam". If you can not find some of the ingredients you may omit them and the dish will still be delicious!

Yield: 3 servings
Time: 30 minutes

  • 1/10 lb chicken (chopped)
  • 3 shrimp
  • 3 dried shitake (sliced thick)
  • 1/2 lily bulb, boiled for 1 minute in salt water
  • 6 thinly sliced kamaboko
  • 6 ginnan (ginkgo nut)
  • some mitsuba
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1.5 cups dashi soup or 1 tsp dashi powder
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp mirin
    1. If you don't have dashi soup, mix dashi powder with 1 1/2 cups cold water
    2. Mix egg, dashi, soy sauce, mirin and salt then strain and save the soup
    3. Prepare 3 bowls and add ingredients (shrimp, chicken, shiitake, lily bulb, kamaboko, ginnan, mitsuba)
    4. Add egg soup to each bowl and cover with plastic wrap
    5. Steam bowls for 15 minutes on medium heat


    1. Hi Mai,

      I went to buy dashi powder the other day and just noticed when I came home that it's Katsuo Dashi. I noticed that you used Hon Dashi. Is there any difference between these two. Thank you in advance for your help.

    2. Hi Riini,
      Feel free to use either kind of dashi. They are pretty much the same!