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Chawanmushi with Matsutake Mushroom 松茸の茶碗蒸し

Chawanmushi with Matsutake Mushroom Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com

Today I’m guest posting my recipe at Chef and Steward.  Chef Lij and Kari are a husband and wife team behind their blog.  Chef Lij is a sous chef at a fine-dining restaurant in a Five-Star hotel while Kari is a writer and photographer for the blog.  Aren’t they the best food blogger team?  They are expats currently living in Dubai, but originally from Jamaica.  I hope you have some time to visit their site to see their co-effort creations on their blog.  All the food looks outstanding and food photography is simply beautiful.  Kari asked me to make traditional autumn food so I prepared Chawanmushi with Matsutake Mushroom for them.  Please click HERE to read my post.

Chawanmushi with Matsutake Mushroom IIChawanmushi is a savory egg custard which is often served as an appetizer.  The egg mixture is flavored with dashi stock, soy sauce, and mirin, and it is steamed in a cup.  There are many variations of Chawanmushi and restaurants in Japan usually include seasonal ingredients.  Today I used one of the most popular ingredients in fall – Matsutake mushroom.

Matsutake Mushroom

As I mentioned in my Matsutake Gohan post, Matsutake mushroom (pine mushroom) is prized by the Japanese for its distinct aromatic odor and flavor.  Its place in the Japanese cuisine is very similar to black and white truffle for the French.  In Japan, top quality domestic Matsutake mushroom could sell for as much as $1000 per pound.  Supermarkets sell import Matsutake mushrooms for less expensive price, but people still try to buy domestic as long as price is not too expensive.  Luckily, even though we live in the US, we are able to get fresh Matsutake mushroom at nearby Japanese supermarket (grown in the US) for about $40 per pound.

Matsutake mushroom is typically enjoyed in a soup or rice dish, but Chawanmushi is another fantastic way to enjoy this special flavor with its unique essence and taste.

Chawanmushi with Matsutake Mushroom III

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Chawanmushi with Matsutake Mushroom
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Serves: 2
  1. Make dashi stock.
  2. Remove the shrimp shell if necessary and devein. Marinate shrimp in sake. If you use chicken, cut into small pieces (so it cooks faster) and marinate it in sake.
  3. Clean the matsutake mushroom with damp towel or paper towel. Do not wash the mushroom. Cut into thin slices.
  4. Whisk the egg in a medium bowl, but do not create air pockets. Add dashi stock and Seasonings. Then strain the mixture through a sieve into another bowl.
  5. Start boiling water. The amount of water should cover ½ of chawanmushi cup. When boiling, reduce the heat to the lowest heat.
  6. Divide all the ingredients into 2 cups. I started with one shrimp, ginkgo nuts, and matsutake mushroom. Then put naruto, the other shrimp, and mitsuba on top (the colorful ingredients should be near the top of cup). Tie mitsuba’s stem into a knot.
  7. Gently pour the egg mixture into the cups without creating bubbles. Instead of covering the ingredients completely with the egg mixture, leave some ingredients exposed so it will be visually pleasing when cooked. Put the lid on (or cover tightly with aluminum foil if you don’t have chawanmushi cup).
  8. Place gently inside the hot water (it should NOT be “boiling”) and cover the pot’s lid. Cook for 25-30 minutes on the lowest heat. If you are not adding shrimp or chicken, the cooking time should only be 15-20 minutes. Insert a skewer in the center of the cup to check if the egg is done.
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  • sophia October 17, 2011, 12:46 am

    Oh Nami, chawanmushi is my favorite Japanese dish!!! I can’t get enough of it. They don’t really sell it in America’s Japanese restaurants for some reason. I want to make it, yet I don’t want to have to buy a chawanmushi cup because I know I’ll only use it once and then get lazy. Hee hee.

    • Nami October 17, 2011, 1:33 am

      Hi Sophia! You can use a small bowl and cover with aluminum foil too. :-) I was doing that before I started this blog. ;-)

  • Helene Dsouza October 17, 2011, 1:17 am

    wow I love your pictures! The egg technique at the end is intriging and I realy want this Matsutake mushrooms. No japanese friends around this days, in goa. =/

  • Fern@ToFoodwithLove October 17, 2011, 1:37 am

    What pretty pretty pictures! Beautifully presented ! Hope I get to try some matsutake soon…I’ll look out for them next time I go shopping, if I can find some.
    (PS:My comments keep disappearing for some reason, and I keep retyping them. Sorry if there are any duplicates!)

    • Nami October 17, 2011, 1:46 am

      Fern (and other readers), I don’t know why some of email addresses that I’ve received before go into Spam…I found yours in Spam. I’m not sure why this one didn’t go into Spam… sorry about that. I always check Spam folder, so if your comment disappeared, it’s usually in the folder until I approve it. Thanks for the comment!

  • Alyssa October 17, 2011, 3:11 am

    I love their blog, that is a great place to guest post! Now I’m off to check out your post on their blog as well!

  • Jenny October 17, 2011, 3:33 am

    What an intriguing dish! It looks absolutely scrummy.

  • kat October 17, 2011, 3:34 am

    ah chawanmushi is one of those dishes on my “to try to make” list. this looks perfect for autumn!

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book October 17, 2011, 4:21 am

    Nami, what an incredible recipe to come back to on your blog after being away for a week while I have been busy with my family tree. As always everything is so beautifully presented and photographed too!
    Have a super week.
    :-) Mandy

  • Roxana GreenGirl October 17, 2011, 4:35 am

    Hi Nami,
    I love coming to your blog. There’s always something new to learn, like a new specie if mushrooms I’ve never heard before of.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and delicious recipes, your photos always make me hungry!

  • Sissi October 17, 2011, 4:36 am

    A lovely matsutake recipe once more!!! I will soon be dreaming about matsutake at night!
    Your chawan mushi looks at least as lovely as the previous one (after your previous chawan mushi I went to buy genuine Japanese bowls with covers and stopped using the ones without covers, which always created a dry layer on top). I didn’t know chawan mushi could be cooked on the stove (my previous recipe advised the oven hot-bath cooking, which is a bit tricky). Thank you for sharing one more inspiring recipe!

  • Sandra October 17, 2011, 4:52 am

    Wow Nami this is gorgeous, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz! I would love to spend a day in the kitchen with you and learn how to make this.

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking October 17, 2011, 7:07 am

    I love this recipe Nami! You done it again, very unique and authentic dish, packed with flavor from mushroom. Amazing photos, got to compliment you on that too!
    Wonderful job!!!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day October 17, 2011, 7:27 am

    Thanks for introducing me to a new blog, Nami. This sounds so savory and your photos are beautiful, as always!

  • Peggy October 17, 2011, 7:46 am

    I just love your beautiful presentation of this Chawanmushi Nami! Your dishes always look so gorgeous =)

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy October 17, 2011, 7:58 am

    Very beautifully presented Nami..love the way you style food..colorful & appetizing. I love this recipe ..healthy & easy..yet again! Thanks for introducing me to a new blog..headed now..

  • PolaM October 17, 2011, 8:33 am

    what a great and simple recipe! This is a method of cooking eggs that has been on my list of things to try for a while. And I can see them being great with the hearty tones of the mushrooms and the sea notes from the dashi and the shrimp!

  • Ann@Anncoo Journal October 17, 2011, 8:49 am

    Nami, You always post the most delicious and easy recipes that I love. This is the best :)

  • Shawn October 17, 2011, 8:57 am

    Simple but oh so chic! Great photos too :)

  • Smoky Wok (Jen) October 17, 2011, 9:12 am

    I just had some chawan mushi the other day! Yours look super smooth and delicious :)

  • Ana Helena Campbell October 17, 2011, 9:50 am

    I have never tried chawanmushi before but the way you present the dish makes me want to try it very soon:). I so enjoy coming to your blog to see your recipes and photos. Thanks for sharing!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen October 17, 2011, 10:13 am

    Wow, Nami, this dressing looks so good! And those mushrooms!!! *___*
    Never had a mushroom, yet! :S

  • The Elegant Eggplant October 17, 2011, 11:31 am

    Looks delicious and oh so comforting!! Also, I LOVE those cups!! They are so pretty.

  • skip to malou October 17, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Nami another fabulous recipe. I love the composition of your pictures too. These looks so comforting and so easy to prepare. Nami, I want to try all your recipes haha. You think other mushrooms works too? I haven’t found any Japanese grocery around yet… maybe ill google it after i step out of your blog haha.
    have a great monday!

    • Nami October 19, 2011, 11:06 pm

      Yes, Eringi (King oyster mushrooms), Shiitake mushrooms, shimeji mushrooms (all Japanese mushrooms) for example gives great flavors!

  • Dolly October 17, 2011, 12:51 pm

    awww more foreign mushroom.. love the cute ramakins!!

  • Maris (In Good Taste) October 17, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Mushrooms lend such amazing flavor to any dish. Love subbing them in recipes when I don’t want to use meat.

  • Mr. Three-Cookies October 17, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try chawanmushi. The dish is interesting, and chawanmushi is a really cool name. Now thanks to your detailed recipe I am one step closer

  • Sylvia@peachesanddonuts October 17, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Another great variation of one of my fave japanese dishes! :)

  • Ma What's For Dinner October 17, 2011, 1:55 pm

    I love any and all mushrooms. I’d really love to try this!

  • Lyn October 17, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Beautiful guest post as always, Nami! :D
    I must try all your Chawanmushi recipes in future to impress my girls further (both are Japanese food lovers like me and this is a must order item whenever we’re at the restaurant)! lol :P

    PS: My cousin cooked your Potato Salad, Croquettes and Beef Rolls (she did modified a little) for her family after her elder girl told her that she wished they could have dinner together and they LOVE every dishes even with those veggies they dislike (hidden)! She’ll be cooking the meat rolls again and trying your Agedashi Tofu very soon! They’re all Japanese food lovers like me. She’s very delighted that she’s able to whip up their favorite Japanese dishes at home now and saved a lot! (She’s got FIVE kids! :O) I’m really very happy that they love your recipes and find them easy, simple and fuss-free to cook. Thank you very much for sharing all your delicious recipes so generously. :)

    • Nami October 19, 2011, 11:30 pm

      Hi Lyn, thank you for letting me know about your cousin. :-) I’m so happy she tried my recipes and liked them. I’m really happy to hear that people try cooking Japanese food at home. Some are difficult but most of Japanese food is easy to cook if you have all the ingredients. Thanks a lot for letting me know! :-D

      • Lyn October 21, 2011, 10:51 am

        No prob at all, Nami! I’m very glad that they love your recipes too! :D
        As Japanese food are quite expensive here in SG, it’s consider a splurge on luxury for us (only, maybe)! We only dine-in once in a while or when really have the cravings to. So we’re really very happy to learn cooking all our favorite Japanese dishes from you! I’m really very happy to have known you (friendly, sweet, helpful and generous) thru blogging and feel so blessed to have you as my friend. :)

        Hope you’ve a wonderful weekend!

        • Nami October 22, 2011, 6:36 pm

          Aw, thank you! :-)

  • Juliana October 17, 2011, 3:00 pm

    Matsutake what? I never had this kind of mushrooms…and would love to try them out…beautiful in this chawanmushi, so silky.
    Hope you have a wonderful week Nami, and thanks for sharing this nice post :-)

  • Caroline October 17, 2011, 3:42 pm

    What a great guest post…this looks fabulous, Nami! Love all of the colors. My roommate would be a very happy camper if I made this for her.

  • Nic@diningwithastud October 17, 2011, 5:15 pm

    Ooooh I’ve never had matsutake mushrooms. They sound delish! Can you sub shiitake or am I being totally stupid? Haha

    • Nami October 19, 2011, 11:48 pm

      Yes, Eringi (King oyster mushrooms), Shiitake mushrooms, shimeji mushrooms (all Japanese mushrooms) are great alternatives!

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook October 17, 2011, 5:34 pm

    Oh yummmy! Egg custard and mushrooms – perfection! Love the styling of your photos too. Gorgeous!

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious October 17, 2011, 6:23 pm

    I had a friend in college who used to make this for us!! Oh, how your picture brings back our those wonderful meals she and I shared together:) Thanks for sharing!

  • Mika October 17, 2011, 6:33 pm

    Natsukashi!!!! I love this dish. My only problem is that the dish is way too small for me to eat ; )

  • Quay Po Cooks October 17, 2011, 8:08 pm

    This is a few of my favorite Japanese dishes. You did a beautiful guest post my dear. Lovely photos, fabulous composition.

  • Vicki Bensinger October 17, 2011, 8:22 pm

    Nami your presentation is always breathtaking and descriptions so visual. I love reading your blog and look forward to trying each and every one of your recipes.

  • Yi @ Yi Resevation October 17, 2011, 8:27 pm

    I’ve only seen fresh matsutake mushroom for sale a few times here in NY. I’ll definitely try this recipe next time when I see the mushroom. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ann October 17, 2011, 10:50 pm

    Stunning as always, Nami! You are absolutely amazing!

  • Belinda @zomppa October 17, 2011, 11:18 pm

    This is beautiful! Like a work of art!

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover October 18, 2011, 12:49 am

    Every of your food posted here all look so delicious..A nice guest post.

  • Alessandra October 18, 2011, 12:49 am

    Matsutake… what a luxury! Yum!

  • Sonia October 18, 2011, 2:58 am

    Hi Nami, The chawanmushi is looking so delightful and appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures as always. Loved ur little pots, looking too cute. I’ve bookmarked this special recipe of urs and wud love to give it a shot asap. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 18, 2011, 3:08 am

    Ooh these mushrooms always remind me of the Japanese version of Iron Chef! They use them so much there :D

  • Chef and Steward October 18, 2011, 3:15 am


    We are so honoured to to have you! I think you have just found some new lovers in the Middle East! It is a great recipe and we are agreed with everyone who posted. Fall is en vogue- Japanese style- so is the evidence according to Just One Cookbook!

    • Nami October 20, 2011, 1:07 am

      Kari and Chef Lij, thank you for inviting me to your blog!

  • Carolyn October 18, 2011, 4:42 am

    I’ve never heard of chawanmushi but it looks delicious. I like egg custards of all kinds and a savoury one with mushrooms has to be good. Elegant presentation!

  • Vivienne October 18, 2011, 4:53 am

    wow looks exactly like the ones i see in the restaurants! usually when i make this at home, it doesnt look as fine and pretty as yours!! this is my kinda comfort food…hmm silky egg custard…

  • Ellena October 18, 2011, 6:35 am

    Love your presentation on this Chawanmushi dish. it makes me want to have a serving of this right down even at this hour (about supper time) :) And once again thanks for sharing with us how to make this quick and delicious dish.

  • Liz October 18, 2011, 9:47 am

    Oh, Nami, you sure know how to make beautiful food! This custard looks fabulous…and I appreciate your hint about how to make it visually appealing…so true! I hope I get the chance to try these mushrooms some day…or even better, this delicious dish!

  • Katherine Martinelli October 18, 2011, 11:21 am

    I love Chawanmushi! What a great guest post. Heading over to check them out now!

  • kankana October 18, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Very interesting recipe Nami. I am not sure I will like the mushroom in it but i am sure of the soup. Looks so pretty!

  • Divya Yadava October 18, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous dish! Going to their site to check out the full guest post…

  • Purabi Naha October 18, 2011, 5:35 pm

    I like Chawanmushi and this looks great! The presentation is awesome, Nami. Doing a guest post for a sous chef must be such an honour!

  • Claire October 18, 2011, 7:18 pm

    Beautiful pictures as always! I love your descriptions and the background information. I always feel like I learn so much! :) Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reem | Simply Reem October 18, 2011, 8:22 pm

    Beautiful !!!!
    What a pretty dish Nami,
    As always so delicate and full of flavors….

    P.S Nami this my 3rd comment I hope this won’t vanish….
    God whats happening

  • Raymund October 18, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Wow your everywhere now, guest posting in good blog sites, it would be a real pleasure to guest post in a chef’s blog site. How exciting. Anyways that dish is so Japanese, great presentation with simple yet lovely flavours.

  • ChopinandMysaucepan October 21, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Your artistry in the kitchen just turns this humble dish into a wonder. I love chawanmushi for its clean and subtle flavours and I always order it in a Japanese restaurant. Best of all is all the seafood such as prawns or scallop and mushrooms that I can find in there like a little treasure trove!

  • Suzi October 24, 2011, 8:11 am

    This looks amazing Nami as always. I have missed some of your posts while I was away and am trying to catch up. Also still trying to find dashi packaged without MSG so that I can make miso soup. All the ones I have seen have the MSG. Have a great week.

  • Lori Lynn October 25, 2011, 3:27 pm

    Hi Nami – this sounds so delightful. I’ve been cooking with matsutake too. Hoping to share on Sunday. Your custards look so pretty.

  • Janice November 3, 2011, 12:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I have a single matsutake mushroom and this would be the perfect way to enjoy it.

    • Janice November 6, 2011, 1:44 pm

      Just prepared and devoured this delightful dish! Can’t wait to buy more matsutake mushrooms and make it again :). Thank you!

      • Nami November 8, 2011, 12:30 am

        Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed this recipe!! Yay!!! I still see Matsutake in a Japanese supermarket I go to. Enjoy until it lasts!

  • Beth Michelle November 15, 2011, 1:56 am

    I love the Chef and Stewart blog!They really are such a great team!
    Im catching up on all my blogs today and whenever I am behind and start going through all your posts I missed they always get me so hungry and make my bookmark list super long! I have never had chawanmushi before but it looks so good and super pretty! I love your dishes!

  • Ru November 16, 2011, 8:14 pm

    Hello Nami,
    just want to say that I tried out this recipe, and the chicken & tofu burger steak 2 weeks ago (I posted it on my blog)! Thank you so much for the recipes, they’re terrific! I love your site and am inspired to try more Japanese cooking!

    • Nami November 17, 2011, 1:24 am

      Thank you Ru for trying those two recipes! I’m happy to hear you liked them! :-)

  • milkteaxx May 20, 2013, 8:57 pm

    these chawanmushi are so adorable! i have never tried to make these at home tho!

  • Mandy September 26, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Hi Nami, our local Japanese market has matsutake this week and they are selling at $60/lb. I am going to make chawanmushi with them tonight and then matsutake gohan tomorrow. Wish me luck! Thank you so much for posting these wonderful recipes and pictures.

    • Nami September 26, 2013, 10:59 pm

      Hi Mandy! I saw Matsutake at my local Japanese market too! I haven’t bought one this year yet. Maybe if I find good one, I’ll try to make a new recipe. :) I hope you enjoy Matsutake Gohan and Chawanmushi! :)

  • Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines October 17, 2013, 6:08 am

    Oh my, that looks amazing. I love it when you guest post because then I’m not only exposed to new and amazing foods, I’m also introduced to new and fantastic cooks! Thanks for that. I’m headed over to Chef Lij and Kari’s place now. :)

  • Nicole N November 18, 2014, 8:48 am

    I made your matsutake chawanmushi last night and it was the BEST recipe ever to showcase the wondrous matsutake mushroom. I used shrimp and small pieces of chicken thigh. Jus wondrous. Thank you!

    • Nami November 18, 2014, 1:35 pm

      Hi Nicole! I’m so happy to hear you liked this chawanmushi! Isn’t it amazing? Thank you so much for stopping by to write your kind feedback. xo :)

  • Janice December 14, 2014, 10:38 pm

    I had some beautiful chanterelle mushrooms and after sautéing them, I followed your recipe substituting them for the matsutake. Absolutely delicious! Thank you!

    • Nami December 15, 2014, 5:17 pm

      I love chanterelle mushrooms! What a wonderful idea to include them in chawanmushi. I can already imagine the flavor and umami trapped in the savory custard! Thank you so much for your kind feedback! :)