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A Guide to Japanese Tempura

A Guide to Japanese Tempura
Japan is known for its unique and thriving culture that draws in adventurers from all over the. Located in East Asia, this hot destination offers a diverse range of scenery; including thousands of temples and shrines, sky scrapers, mountains and gardens, as well as a large range of culinary styles, encompassing a diverse range of food from Ramen and Udon to Sushi and Sashimi and many more. Tempura is one of the popular dishes amongst the Japanese, consisting of pieces of lightly battered, deep fried seafood and vegetables. There are multiple types of tempura, some of the most popular being: 

Prawn/Shrimp (Ebi えび)
The most common and popular amongst all tempura is the Ebi found in virtually all tempura dishes/sets.

Fish (Sakana魚)
Tempura pieces are generally made of fish fillets or small whole fish.

Eggplant (Nasu なす)
Eggplants or Aubergines are often used for tempura and depending on their size they may be cut in half, sliced into rounds or cut into a fan shape before being battered and deep fried.

Mushrooms (Kinoko きのこ)
Another popular ingredient used for tempura is the mushroom. The most commonly used kinds are Shiitake and Maitake.

Pumpkin (Kabocha かぼちゃ)
Pumpkin is another common item on tempura menus and consists of thin slices with the skin left on.

Sweet Potato (Satsumaimo さつまいも)
Similar to pumpkin, when sweet potato is used for tempura, it is sliced thinly with the skin left on. Traditionally in Japan they use a native sweet potato with purple skin and yellow flesh.

Perilla (Shiso しそ)
Perilla is a herb of the mint family which is also commonly used for tempura. It is generally served as a garnish with sashimi, refreshing the palate.

Mixed Seafood and Vegetables (Kakiage かき揚げ)
Kakiage is made by mixing a variety of vegetables and seafood into a patty, covering the patty with tempura batter and deep frying. This type of tempura may be used as a topping, appetizer or side dish.
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If you're looking to enjoy authentic flavours without travelling to Japan, be sure to check out our range of Japanese spice pastes and try your hand at tempura with our Tempura Batter Mix.

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