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Soy-milk custard and crab

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for soy-milk custard and crab by Andrew McConnell from Supernormal in Melbourne.

By Andrew McConnell
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking plus draining, cooling
  • Serves 4
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Soy-milk custard and crab


  • 250 ml (1 cup) soy milk
  • 5 gm bonito flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 150 gm picked blue swimmer or spanner crab meat
  • 1 tsp finely chopped chives
  • To serve: coriander cress
Tomato dressing
  • 2 very ripe large tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp white or light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • ½ tsp sesame oil


  • 1
    Warm soy milk to 70C in a saucepan over low heat. Add the bonito flakes and a pinch of white pepper and set aside to infuse (10 minutes). Whisk the egg and yolk with the soy sauce in a bowl to combine. Strain the soy milk into the egg mixture and whisk to combine. Season with salt to taste. Pour into 4 x 150ml bowls or 1 x 600ml ramekin to a depth of no more than 2cm.
  • 2
    Cook custards in a steamer over medium heat, checking every 2 minutes, until just set to ensure the custard has a silken texture (5-10 minutes). Remove and refrigerate to cool (2-3 hours).
  • 3
    For tomato dressing, grate the tomatoes on a box grater (the pulp and seeds will work through the grater). Discard the skin and drain pulp in a sieve for 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine tomato pulp, soy sauce, grapeseed oil and sesame oil. Season to taste.
  • 4
    Ten minutes before serving, remove custards from the fridge and season crabmeat with a pinch of sea salt flakes. Spoon the tomato pulp over the custard and top with crabmeat, scatter with chives and coriander cress, and serve.


Drink Suggestion: Ama No To “Junmai Ginjo” sake, Akita, Japan. A slippery-textured sake, with savoury notes of mushroom and stone fruit. Drink suggestion by Leanne Altmann