Chawanmushi

Most of the kids love eggs and Alex is not an exception. He can request for egg for his lunch, and then ask for it again for his dinner. He eats eggs so frequently up to the point that I am worry if he will get egg overdose =P

However, he usually gets only one egg per day. And the fact that he loves egg and does not allergy to it, makes me glad and thankful =)

Most of the mothers love eggs too. Not only for their taste, but also for their versatility. We can prepare eggs in a variety of ways, making them perfect for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. And another good thing about egg is that the nutrients found in it actually help to support the rapid growth and development that occurs in our kids.

  • Protein – helps to build muscle mass and strength for growing kids.
  • Choline – aids in memory.
  • Vitamins – vitamin D, which is needed in order for the  body to absorb calcium and therefore, helps kids build strong bones.
  • Minerals – calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

OK. Let me just share with you the recipe that I always use to make chawanmushi for Alex, before I sound more like an egg promoter =P

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine
  •  1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Spring onions for garnishing (optional)

Direction:

  • Prepare chicken stock and set aside to cool. I normally use home made chicken stock, but you can use chicken stock cubes for easier alternative.
  • Prepare the steamer and start to boil.
  • Break eggs into a bowl and stir them in cutting motion with a pair of chopstick or fork to prevent bubbles from forming. Do not beat the eggs.
  • Gradually stir in chicken stock, light soy sauce, Chinese rice wine and sesame oil until well mixed.
  • Pour mixture through a strainer into chawanmushi cups or any heat-resistant container.
  • Cover the cups with lids, transparent food wrap or aluminium foil.
  • Steam on high heat for 2 minutes (this helps to set the eggs) and then for further 10 minutes on low heat.

Few things you can add as filling:

  • Pumpkin – small dices
  • Shiitake mushroom, thinly sliced
  • Gingko nuts
  • Prawns, shelled
  • Chicken breast fillet, thinly sliced

Enjoy!!! =)

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