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How to cook Tenshinhan:


A classic Chinese-influenced food in Japan, Tenshinhan is made of tender crab omelette served over dome-shaped steamed rice, and blanketed in a thick sweet and sour sauce. It’s also a quick comfort food to make at home. You’ll love this easy recipe (variations included)!

For the Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • ½ cup (120 ml) Chicken Stock/Broth (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2-3 tsp sugar (my family likes our Tenshinhan a bit on the sweeter side for a more comforting and nostalgic taste, but you may use the lesser amount of sugar, if you wish; do not completely omit it as you need to counterbalance the soy sauce and vinegar)
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar (unseasoned)
  • 1 tsp sake
  • 1½ tsp potato starch or cornstarch

For the Omelette

  • 2 large eggs (50 g each w/o shell) (divided)
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt (Diamond Crystal; use half for table salt) (divided)
  • 2 sticks real or imitation crabmeat (divided)
  • 2 Tbsp neutral-flavored oil (vegetable, rice bran, canola, etc.) (divided)
  • 1 tsp roasted sesame oil (divided)

For Serving

  • 2 servings cooked Japanese short-grain rice
  • 1 Tbsp frozen green peas (cook according to the package instructions)
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