I saw this recipe in The Age Epicure last week and had wanted to prepare it for the family. Alas no-one seemed too thrilled about the idea of a savoury steamed custard except me (and I had my doubts as well) So tonight everyone else is sick, getting sick or getting better from being sick and I am left to prepare dinner for myself. I have decided to go ahead and make savoury custard for one.
I don't know why I had doubts, this was really good and quick to prepare... a lovely, simple pleasure. Thank-you to Elizabeth Chong for this recipe Age Epicure 26/9/2008.
Jenny Lee's Savoury Egg Custard (with a few small changes)
1 teaspoon dried shrimp
1/2 teaspoon salt
luke warm water
60 g minced pork
50g spring onion snipped into 4 cm lengths
Toasted sesame oil
250 grams of basmati rice
600-800 grams of brocolli florets (enough for four people)
Chop the shrimp on speed 10 for 5 seconds, then add the spring onion and chop on speed 6 for 2 seconds or until it is chopped finely.
Add your eggs, minced pork and 100ml water to the bowl, beat on speed 3 for 5 seconds
Pour the egg mixture into four individual ramekins or small bowls and rinse out your Thermomix bowl with cold water.
Fill your Thermomix bowl with 900 grams of water.
Add the basmati rice to your steamer basket, wash under the tap and place the basket in the TM bowl.
Fit the Varoma onto the top of the Thermomix. Place the ramekins into the Varoma, you will probably have to take out the tray and place them in the bottom section.
Cook on Varoma temperature for 15 minutes, taste the rice, it should be done and if so remove it to your Thermoserver.
Put as much broccoli as will fit in the now empty steamer basket and the remainder in the lower section of the Varoma with the ramekins and steam for a further 5 minutes.
When the custards are cooked, serve them up with a good sprinkling of toasted sesame oil and a dessertspoonful dollop of oyster sauce. Unlike every other oyster sauce I have looked at, housewife brand has nothing artificial in it, so I use that.
Serve with rice as part of a larger meal as Elizabeth suggests, or if you want to do it how I decided to have it... with a big bowl of steamed broccoli and a bowl of plain rice.
Simple pleasure. (Serves 4)