Cup Noodle chawanmushi
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How to turn the leftover broth in your instant ramen into chawanmushi

With this Nissin recipe, all you need is an egg and a microwave to make a quick and easy Japanese savoury custard

By Youka Nagase
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If there’s a culinary theme to the past year of pandemic-induced home cooking in Japan, it’s turning cheap ingredients into gourmet dishes. We’ve seen konbini sandwiches turned into a croque monsieur and  konbini fried chicken become a customisable burger. Instant noodle pioneer Nissin has shared a foolproof recipe to make your leftover Cup Noodle broth into chawanmushi, which is even simpler than the brand’s previous Cup Noodle-okonomiyaki recipe.

Chawanmushi is a steamed savoury egg custard that’s usually served in more upscale Japanese restaurants, featuring ingredients like prawns, kamaboko fish cakes, shiitake mushrooms and ginkgo nuts. Nissin’s recipe is all in Japanese, so we’ve laid it out in English below. Using the broth you’ve got left after slurping up your Cup Noodles, you can create a single serving in these five easy steps.

Cup noodle chawanmushi
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First of all, prepare your Cup Noodle and finish all the noodles – but make sure to leave the broth and some of the other ingredients.

Cup noodle chawanmushi
Photo: twitter.com/cupnoodle_jp

Crack a raw egg into the soup.

Cup Noodle chawanmushi
Photo: twitter.com/cupnoodle_jp

Mix until everything is well combined.

Cup Noodle chawanmushi
Photo: twitter.com/cupnoodle_jp

Pour it into a microwave-safe mug or bowl, cover it and pop it in the microwave for two-and-a-half to three minutes on 200 watts, and voilà you’ve got a smooth and silky chawanmushi for a second course.

For more creative ways to use Cup Noodles, check out Nissin’s official website.

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