"Chawanmushi is often served in Japan as part of a kaiseki meal, at the beginning. It's made with eggs, dashi, mirin and soy sauce, steamed and topped with toppings such as shiitake, prawns and lily root," says Federico Zanellato. "We've replaced the dashi and mirin with parmesan consommé and use a rosemary dashi."
Note White soy sauce (shiro shoyu), usukuchi soy sauce (light soy), konbu, bonito flakes and mirin are all available from Japanese grocers. Xanthan gum is sold at health-food shops. Dashi will keep refrigerated for a week in an airtight container and can be used as a dressing or for seasoning.