Autumn Savory Egg Custard

Autumn Savory Egg Custard

Amplify autumn’s aroma with matsutake mushrooms and ginkgo nuts.

Cooking time
25 minutes
  • Nutrition facts are for one serving.

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

shrimp in shells


chicken tender


grilled anago eel

1/4 (17.5 g or 0.6 oz.)

kamaboko/fish cake

2 thin slices

salted water

as needed





1/4 tsp


300 ml (10.1 fl. oz.)


  1. Crack the eggs from (A) into a bowl, beat well, then combine with the remaining (A) ingredients and strain.
  2. Peel and devein the shrimp. Remove sinew from the chicken meat and slice diagonally into bite-size pieces.
  3. Diagonally cut the grilled anago eel into easy-to-eat slices. Deshell the ginkgo nuts, boil in hot water and then remove the thin skins. Shave the hard bottoms off the matsutake mushroom, cut up into easy-to-eat pieces.
  4. Chop the mitsuba into 2 to 3 cm (0.8 to 1.2 in.) lengths. Diagonally half the snow peas, then quickly boil in the salt water.
  5. Evenly distribute ingredients from (2) and (3) and the kamaboko into cup-style bowls, pour in (1) and place into a steaming steamer. Cover with a clean and dry kitchen towel, and steam at medium for about 10 minutes. Once clear liquid spills onto the surface when pierced with a toothpick, top with (4) and then turn off the steam.

Cooking Basics

Shrimp - peeling

When deep-frying shrimp or prawns, quite often the tail is left and only the shell is removed. Peel the shell off from the head while making sure that the last abdominal segment to which the tail is attached remains intact. When the shell is peeled off, the legs will also be removed.

Shrimp - deveining

Shrimp or prawns have a dark-colored intestinal tract (often called a vein) running down the length of their back, this needs to be removed. For shrimps in shells, before removing the shell, place a toothpick into the 2nd to 3rd abdominal segment from the head and gently remove this. By slightly bending the back this process is made easier. For headless shrimp, quite often the intestinal tract has been removed with the head.

Chicken tenders - removing sinew

Chicken tenders contain a sinew. Lay the tender down flat and rock a knife back and forth along the sinew to remove. Nowadays sinew-removed chicken tenders are widely available.


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