Soy Custard Cups

This dish is an interesting  way to add more soy to your diet. The isoflavones in soy may help maintain bone density, reduce the risk of certain cancers, protect against heart disease, and help alleviate symptoms of menopause. The Omega-3s in the tofu help skin retain its natural moisture. This recipe is inspired by the Chinese steamed custards served at dim sum. You can put almost anything under the silken tofu layer, and the garnishes are endless.

Serves 2-4

1 package (8 oz.) silken tofu
Pinch of salt
10-12 dried shiitake mushrooms
1/4 lb. peeled shrimp (devein, if desired)
2 Tbs. peanut oil
2 Tbs. chopped chives
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
Soy sauce, ponzu sauce, chopped scallions, slivered radishes, or black sesame seeds as garnish

1. Drain the tofu and press between paper towels to remove excess water. Place in a blender or food processor with the salt and mix until texture is smooth, about 1 minute.
2. In a medium bowl, rehydrate the shiitake mushrooms in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and chop.
3. Mince the shrimp. Heat the peanut oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat and saute the shrimp, mushrooms, and chives for 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Divide the shrimp mixture among four small ramekins and top with tofu.
5. Cover ramekins with foil and place in a steamer pot. Cover pot and steam until the tofu is set, about 15-20 minutes.
6. Top with your choice of garnish ans serve warm.




About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that.
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