Chawanmushi is one of those dishes that seems like it would be difficult to make, it’s a really simple dish and easy to get it to come out perfectly. It’s a dish that we eat at my house quite often- the simplicity of the dish and the fact that everybody love it makes it an easy choice, especially on a cold day.
Although Chawanmushi is usually served as an appetizer, it can also be served as a light entree. It’s satisfying flavor and soft consistency make it a very tasty and satisfying dish to enjoy.
Chawanmushi is a savory steamed egg custard. The word Chawanmushi refers to the cooking style – chawan, meaning bowl, and mushi, meaning steamed. Chawanmushi is steamed in the same bowl it is eaten out of. Chawanmushi is usually served in a covered bowl which serves two purposes – to keep the custard hot and so that the beautiful custard is presented to the guest as a surprise that is revealed when they lift the lid.