Tempura - Seafood and vegetables deep fried in tempura batter. Tempura was brought to Japan by the Potuguese. Today Tempura is a very popular Japanese food, and as well one of the best known outside of Japan.
Tempura batter mix
Tempura dipping sauce
Prawn: raw and large
Seafood: almost everything is possible
Vegetables: pumpkin, carot, sweet potatoe, eggplant, and more
and much more to try.
Prawn: Remove the head and the shell. Make little cuts on the inside of the curved prawn since they look nicer if their posture is straight.
Cut the vegetables in about 1cm thick pieces.
You can use whole mushrooms.
Mixtures: Cut various ingredients in small pieces and mix them together, eg. green onion, prawn and carots.
Mix Tempura flour with the amount of water described on the package. Do not mix it completely, but leave some small lumps in it.
Cover all the ingredients completely with the batter.
Mix also the mixtures made of the small cut ingredients with batter, and try to deep fry it together. Don't let them fall apart in all the pieces.
Deep fry at 180 degrees celsius. Be careful, and do not use wet ingredients because the water would react strongly with the hot oil, which may harm your skin or eyes.
When the Tempura pieces are beautifully golden, take them out, and try to remove as much oil as possible.
Serving and eating:
There are a few different ways to serve Tempura. Here are two of them:
Serve the Tempura pieces on a plate, and prepare some bowls with Tempura dipping sauce.
Tendon (Tempura Donburi): Put the pieces in Tempura dipping sauce, remove them, and put them on top of cooked rice in a bowl. (One bowl per person)