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Five Variations for the Humble Steamed Egg Custard September 30, 2013

Filed under: Asian (other than Chinese),Chinese,Recipes — lifeatwarpspeed @ 3:17 pm
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Today’s FB post by a friend (and the subsequent comments) inspired me to share my tested and true collection of savory steamed egg custard recipes. This is the epitome of comfort food that many of us recall from the kitchen table in many Asian households. It is a simple, protein-rich, budget-conscious dish that satisfies and feeds the family and the soul. I am sure that one or more of these recipes will remind you of something your mother, auntie or grandmother used to serve to you. I used to make egg custards for my mom during her fight with cancer since this was a good source of protein, but easy to eat and digest. None of these are hard to make, just remember to steam it over gently simmering water. A hard boil will render your steamed egg hard rather than silky smooth.

Note: If you do not own a steam rack, they are very inexpensive at your local Asian grocery. Or you can remove the top and bottom of a can of tuna or use two pairs of wooden chopsticks laid out in a square for your wok or stir fry pan.


 Steamed Egg Custard 

4 eggs — lightly beaten

1 green onion — thinly sliced

1  teaspoon  sesame oil

1/4  teaspoon  salt

1/8  teaspoon  white pepper

1 1/2  cups chicken broth

1/2 cup  ham — diced, cooked crabmeat, shrimp (can be omitted)

Combine eggs, green onion, sesame oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Stir in broth until evenly blended, then stir in the ham, crab meat or shrimp.

Place a steam rack in a wok and add water to just below the level of the rack. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat so the water simmers gently. Pour egg mixture into a glass pie plate or pour into 4 individual custard cups. Set cups on rack and cover. Steam until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 18 to 20 minutes.

Steamed Egg Custard with Oyster Sauce

2 tablespoons  dried shrimp — soaked and drained (can be omitted)

4  large  eggs

1 tablespoon  light soy sauce — or oyster sauce

1  tablespoon  vegetable oil

1 to 2 tablespoons cilantro or green onions — minced for garnish

Bring 3/4 cup of water to boil and allow to cool. In a small bowl, soak dried shrimp in 3 T of cold water for 30 minutes, or until softened. Drain, reserving soaking liquid. Roughly chop the shrimp. (I often omit this because it can be difficult to find dried shrimp not sourced from China. However, there is something about the taste and flavor that can’t be replicated with substitutions.)

Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Stir in cooled water and soaking liquid. Transfer egg mixture to a 9-inch shallow bowl, add the dried shrimp, and stir to combine.

Bring water to a boil over high heat in a cover steamer larger enough to fit the dish. Carefully place the dish into steamer, cover, and lower heat to medium, and steam 10 to 13 minutes, or just until custard is set. Check the water level and replenish with boiling water. Carefully remove dish from steamer.

Pour soy sauce over the custard. In a small skillet, heat oil until hot but not smoking over high heat. Carefully pour hot oil over custard. The oil will make a cracking sound as it hits the sauce. Garnish with cilantro and green onions, and serve immediately.

Steamed Eggs with Clams

4   eggs

1   can  chopped clams

1 1/2  cups  water — boiled and cooled

1/4   teaspoon  salt

1 1/2    teaspoons  oyster sauce

1 green onion — thinly sliced

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs well with a fork. Drain clams, reserving the clam liquid in measuring cup. Add enough of the cooled water to the clam liquid to make 1 3/4 cups. Add eggs with the clams and salt and stir until blended. Pour into heatproof dish.

Set a rack in a pot and add water to a depth of 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Set the dish on the rack. Lower the heat to a simmer and steam for 25 minutes. The eggs are done when they don’t jiggle in the middle when the dish is taped or an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Pour the oyster sauce over the eggs and spread evenly over the surface with the bottom of a spoon. If desired , sprinkle with chopped green onion.

Chawan-Mushi (Japanese Egg Custard)

1  cup  dashi — warm (preferably not the msg-laden granules as that will make this dish too salty)

1  egg

1  teaspoon  soy sauce

2  medium  shrimp — shelled and deveined

2  small  shiitake mushrooms

2  slices  kamoboko

Mic dashi, egg, and soy sauce in a small bowl and divide equally between two containers. Drop the shrimip, shiitake, and kamaboko into the cups. Cover the mouth of each cup with plastic wrap before steaming. Put cups in a wide-mouth pot. Add enough water to pot to reach halfway up the cups. Cover and bring water to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and steam for 15 minutes. Don’t let water bubble too vigorously.

Steamed Savory Egg Custard with Tofu

4    eggs

4    tablespoons  chicken broth

1    tablespoon  soy sauce

salt and white pepper — to taste

1/4  pound  tofu — silken soft, cut in small cubes

2   teaspoons  sesame oil

1   green onion — minced

In a small bowl, combine eggs, broth, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Stir until egg yolks are completely broken and well blended. Lightly grease a shallow 8-inch bowl with a few drops of sesame oil. Gently pour in egg mixture, add tofu cubes and sprinkle with green onion. Place in wok with enough water to reach the bottom of the bowl. Bring water to a gentle simmer and steam custard for about 20 minutes or until just set, being sure to keep the heat very low so that the custard will stay smooth. Remove from heat and drizzle with remaining sesame oil and serve warm.


$8 Krispy Kreme Deal September 19, 2011

Filed under: Deals — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:21 am

Golden Gate Doughnuts Deal of the Day | Groupon San Jose.

Just saw this 2 Dozen Krispy Kreme doughtnuts for $8! Good at Union City, Mountain View & Daly City.



Free Tempura Twinkie from Sumo Grub August 31, 2011

Filed under: Deals — lifeatwarpspeed @ 4:55 pm

100% off at Sumo Grub by Munch On Me Oakland | Yipit.

I can feel my arteries clogging up from just contemplating this deal. Yeah, it’s from the infamous Sumo Grub, home of the tempura pizza, tempura mac and cheese, tempura Oreos, and tempura cheesecake. It has even been featured on Food Network. Yes, if you are wondering there are non-deep fried choices available that don’t need an at risk of a cardiac arrest warning.

For those that truly live dangerously, you can do the Tempura Triple Bypass. It consists of  three tempura patties, topped with two onion rings multiplied by 3. You have to consume this in 15 minutes. It costs $25 to try this, but it is free if you win. Then lucky you gets a t-shirt that proclaims that “My Arteries Survived The Sumo Grub Challenge” and your mug goes up the hall of fame. Fail the challenge and you get your picture on the hall of shame.

Pick up your free Tempura Twinkie at the link at the top. Here is their yelp link



Bon Appetit: Pasta Perfect – Free right now August 29, 2011

Filed under: Apps,European (French, Italian, etc.) — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:30 pm
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Bon Appetit: Pasta Perfect for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Just noticed this app is being offered today for free for a very limited time. I am not exactly sure what time it will go back to $3.99, but foodies should definitely download this one. 100 recipes with drool worthy photos included in this iPad only app with videos featuring chef Mark Ladner of New York City’s Del Posto restaurant. Recipes are grouped in the following categories: New classics, baked, ravioli & filled pasta, gnocchi & spaetzel, pasta salads, and sauces.

Don’t miss out!



Best store-bought brownies… August 25, 2011

Filed under: Good Eats — lifeatwarpspeed @ 8:00 am
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Since I am not really that into baking, there is no way that I will make the effort to make from brownies from scratch with the whole melting chocolate in a double boiler effort required to do it right. I tried it a couple of times with good results, but it was way too much effort since I just only want to eat a small serving out of the entire batch.

Upon occasion, I want to have a brownie, but I want it to be a good one. Those two bite affairs that the stores sell these days are everywhere. I have tried a lot of them to figure out who has the best tasting and with the most recognizable ingredient list. Whole Foods Two-Bite Brownies ($6.99/tub) wins hands down in my opinion. It is neither too cake-y or too fudge-y and has that good quality chocolate taste with just enough intensity.

I know lots of you buy the Petite Brownie Bites made by Sugar Bowl for Costco. I really don’t like them. Weird as it seems, I can tell just by looking at them at a potluck or party that they are the Sugar Bowl ones. I know they are convenient and come in a huge tub at a cheaper price, but they taste really over processed. I find that they are too dry, and the chocolate flavor is just not quite right. I suppose I am just a quality over quantity girl.

P & M both love chocolate and can go to town on these. I don’t feel too badly about giving M one of these since they are so small. He just gets so excited to have his own “choc-O-let cake” to eat. It doesn’t happen very often since I live more than 1/2 hour from the nearest Whole Foods.

Just my two cents on two bite brownies.



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