Monday, September 14, 2009

Egg Custard or Chawan-Mushi


To me, Egg Custard conjures a sweet Western dish baked in the oven, similar to 'rice pudding'. In Harvest Moon and Rune Factory, however, it is a savoury dish with mushrooms. Here is a Recipe for Chawan-mushi, the real world equivalent to Harvest Moon/Rune Factory Egg Custard:


3 eggs
2 3/4 cups chicken stock, seasoned with sake and soy sauce
4 slices of shitake mushroom
4 cilantro leaves

4 cups

Beat the egg gently with a fork, then gradually add the stock, stirring constantly.

Place one slice of shitake mushroom in each cup, then pour the egg/stock mixture into the cups. Garnish each with one piece of cilantro.

Boil water in a steamer, then reduce the heat to medium.

Place the four cups into the steamer and steam for about 12 minutes. Do not overcook!

Note that many Recipes include pieces of chicken as well as Mushrooms but as meat usually is not an ingredient in Harvest Moon or Rune Factory, the purist will eschew it and use only Mushrooms, an Autumn ingredient in most HM and RF games.

In Rune Factory Frontier, the Recipe for Egg Custard (made in the Steamer) is as follows:
Egg Custard:
Ingredients: Egg, Shrimp, Spinach, Mushroom

Skill Level Requirement is Level 29 and Energy Values are: HP 45, RP 225, FX 120 sec. Knock-back, Seal Attack 100%

In Island of Happiness, the Recipe is obtained from the Diner with the offering of a Shitake Mushroom and is as follows:

Steamed Egg Custard: 110G
Basic Steamed Egg Custard: Egg, Shitake
+25 SR +10 FL
Best Steamed Egg Custard: Egg, Shitake, Small Fish, Medium Fish, Large Fish,
Grilled Fish
+49 SR +24 FL

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