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Japanese-Style Savoury Custards


  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 small cooked prawns
  • 2 tablespoons (40mL) Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups (625mL) dashi stock* or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (40mL) sake or dry sherry
  • 4 extra small cooked prawns, to garnish
  • Enoki mushrooms, to garnish (optional)
  • Micro herbs, to garnish (optional)
  • Finely sliced spring (green) onions, to garnish

Kikkoman sauce used in this recipe

1hr 10min
Cook time
Prep time

Japanese-Style Savoury Custards


  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg. C. Soak mushrooms in about 3 tablespoons hot water for 30 minutes until soft. Meanwhile, shell and de-vein the prawns. Remove mushrooms from soaking liquid, reserving the liquid. Cut off tough stems and discard.
  2. Simmer the mushroom caps in a small saucepan with the soy sauce, a little of the reserved soaking liquid and the sugar for 10 minutes.
  3. Place one mushroom and one prawn into each of 4 x 200mL oven-proof ramekins or pots.
  4. To make the custard, gently whisk the eggs. Add the dashi or chicken stock, soy sauce, sake or dry sherry, removing any bubbles in the mixture. Fill the pots with the custard mixture, and cover each pot with foil, making sure it is sealed.
  5. Place pots in a baking pan with hot water to come half-way up the side of the pots. Place in pre-heated oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until just set.
  6. Remove from oven and allow cooling to room temperature. Top each custard with a prawn, a few enoki mushrooms and micro herbs, if using, and spring onions.
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