Spicy Steamed Tofu Custard with Shrimp & Shiitake Mushrooms
This tofu recipe is inspired by chawanmushi, a Japanese custard that is very soft and delicate, made with lots of liquid, which flows out of the custard as you eat it. Incorporating soft tofu with the eggs makes the custard firmer and more substantial. Besides shrimp, this custard could be made with scallops, cooked lobster, crab or cooked fish. Serve as a first course or for lunch with a side of vegetables and rice.
Equipment: Six 6-oz. ramekins
Tips: Go for sustainably raised shrimp. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America; it's more likely to be sustainably caught.
1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 medium fat meat