15th December, 2021
Tempura is a simple Japanese dish that consists of seafood, vegetables or chicken being lightly battered and deep fried to create a crisp coating around it. This cooking technique was first introduced in the 16th century in Japan and chefs often spend years perfecting it.
The dish can be served on its own as a starter, or added to other dishes such as tempura soba, tempura udon, and tempura sushi.
The main ingredient that makes tempura the dish it is today, is the tempura batter made of only a few simple ingredients that we’ll discuss later on. You can either make the batter from scratch or buy it pre-made. However, we would recommend creating your own for a fresher taste.
Let’s find out how to make tempura batter that can go well with vegetables, seafood, and meat. For best results, make sure the ingredient is in the right consistency.
You can use any vegetable or seafood for a tempura dish. However, there are certain foods that are more common than others as they pair well with the batter – let’s learn about the most common types of tempura dishes that you can serve in your restaurant.
Prawn tempura is the original, most common tempura consumed within Japanese cuisine. The seafood used in the dish is mainly raw shrimp. In order to prevent the shrimp from curling, the head is removed, and the shrimp is cut in half.
Vegetable tempura is also another very common tempura dish. A wide range of vegetables can be used to make this dish, such as potatoes, onions, mushrooms, eggplants, and peppers. Whether you want to use a single vegetable or mix them together before battering them, vegetable tempura is very versatile.
This is the least common type of tempura, only popular in the Oita region of Japan. This tempura can become a little heavy once fried. However, to prevent the heaviness, chefs use thin strips of chicken breast.
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