Tempura is a beloved dish in many countries, and what better way to celebrate it than with a national holiday? National Tempura Day 2023 will be celebrated annually on January 7th. This special day will be dedicated to celebrating the traditional Japanese fried batter-dipped seafood and vegetables, which has been popular around the world since its arrival in the United States over 150 years ago. On National Tempura Day, learn more about this delicious dish and how to make it at home. We’ll also look at some of the health benefits of tempura, as well as variations of it from other cultures around the world. Join us on January 7th for National Tempura Day!
What is Tempura?
Tempura is a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep-fried. The batter is made from eggs, flour, water, and often includes baking soda. This dish can be served with dipping sauces, over rice, or on its own. Tempura is a popular dish in Japan and around the world.
In Japan, tempura is often considered a casual food and is commonly served at home or in restaurants. It can be found on the menus of many Japanese restaurants in the United States. Tempura is typically cooked to order, so it is best to plan ahead if you want to enjoy this dish at its freshest.
The History of Tempura
Tempura is a signature Japanese dish of deep-fried battered seafood and vegetables. It is thought to have originated in the early 16th century, during the Portuguese occupation of Nagasaki. The Portuguese introduced deep-frying to Japan, and the local people quickly adapted this new cooking technique to their own ingredients and flavors.
Tempura was originally made with seafood, but over time it has come to include many different types of vegetables as well. The batter is usually made with egg, flour, water, and salt, and the ingredients are typically dredged in this mixture before being fried.
Today, tempura is a popular dish both in Japan and around the world. It can be found on the menus of many Japanese restaurants and is often served with rice and miso soup. In honor of National Tempura Day, why not try making your own tempura at home?
How to Make Tempura
1. How to Make Tempura
Tempura is a Japanese dish of battered and deep-fried fish or vegetables. It is a popular street food in Japan and can be found in restaurants all over the world. The batter is light and crispy, and the vegetables or fish are usually fried in small batches so that they are cooked through but not overdone.
There are many different ways to make tempura, but here is a basic recipe:
1 cup (250 ml) iced water
3/4 cup (100 grams) all-purpose flour
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil for frying
6-8 shrimp, peeled and deveined (or any other seafood or veggies you like)
1. Combine the iced water, flour, egg yolk, and salt in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
3. Dip the shrimp or vegetables into the batter one at a time, making sure each piece is evenly coated.
4. Fry the tempura in batches until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per batch. Serve hot with dipping sauces if desired. Enjoy!
National Tempura Day Recipes
In honor of National Tempura Day, we’ve gathered some of our favorite recipes for you to enjoy. From traditional Japanese tempura to creative twists on the classic dish, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
So fire up the fryer and get ready to celebrate National Tempura Day with one (or all!) of these delicious recipes.
Japanese-Style Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura: This classic tempura recipe features shrimp and vegetables battered and fried until crispy. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice and enjoy!
Chicken Teriyaki Tempura Bowls: These easy bowls come together in no time thanks to pre-made tempura chicken strips. Simply add your favorite teriyaki sauce and serve over rice for a complete meal.
Tempura Sushi Rolls: For a fun take on sushi, try tempura sushi rolls! The tempura batter gives the rice and fish a crispy texture that’s irresistible. Serve with soy sauce and pickled ginger for dipping.
Sweet Potato Tempura Fries: These crispy sweet potato fries make the perfect snack or side dish. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce for a delicious treat.
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