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Chinese Steamed Egg with Tofu Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup of silken tofu, mashed
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced

Special equipment needed:
- Steamer basket
- Heatproof bowl

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs until smooth. Add the mashed tofu, water, salt, and white pepper. Mix well.

2. Pour the egg mixture into a heatproof bowl that fits in the steamer basket.

3. Place the bowl in the steamer basket and cover it with a lid.

4. Steam the egg mixture over high heat for 10-12 minutes or until the eggs are set.

5. Remove the bowl from the steamer basket and let it cool for a few minutes.

6. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce and sesame oil.

7. Drizzle the soy sauce mixture over the steamed egg and sprinkle with sliced green onions.

8. Serve hot.

- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
- High heat for steaming
Serving size:
- 2-4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 145
- Fat: 10g
- Carbohydrates: 2g
- Protein: 12g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Silken tofu can be substituted with regular tofu or even ground pork for a non-vegetarian version.
- White pepper can be substituted with black pepper.
- Soy sauce can be substituted with tamari or coconut aminos for a gluten-free version.

- Add chopped vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms, or spinach to the egg mixture for added nutrition and flavor.
- Use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water for a richer flavor.
- Add minced garlic or ginger to the soy sauce mixture for a more complex flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Use a heatproof bowl that fits snugly in the steamer basket to prevent water from getting into the egg mixture.
- Beat the eggs until smooth to prevent lumps in the steamed egg.
- Use a toothpick to check if the egg is cooked through. If it comes out clean, the egg is done.

Storage instructions:
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat in the microwave or steamer until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the steamed egg in the heatproof bowl for a rustic presentation.
- Transfer the steamed egg to a serving plate and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

- Sliced green onions
- Sesame seeds

- Steamed rice
- Stir-fried vegetables
- Chinese hot and sour soup

Suggested side dishes:
- Steamed bok choy
- Chinese cucumber salad
- Stir-fried green beans

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the egg is watery, increase the steaming time by a few minutes.
- If the egg is overcooked and rubbery, decrease the steaming time by a few minutes.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure the egg is cooked through before serving to prevent foodborne illness.

Food history:
- Steamed egg is a popular Chinese dish that dates back to ancient times. It was traditionally served to the emperor and his court as a delicacy.

Flavor profiles:
- The steamed egg is soft and silky with a mild flavor. The soy sauce and sesame oil add a savory and nutty flavor to the dish.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the steamed egg as a main dish or as a side dish to a larger meal.

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Region: Chinese

Taste: Savory, Creamy, Umami, Mild, Fragrant