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January 7: Indulge in a Multi-Cultural Staple this National Tempura Day

Here is a great chance to enjoy a unique frying technique! While tempura is associated with Japanese cuisine, it is actually from Portugal. When Portuguese explorers landed in Japan in the 16th century, the Japanese added tempura to their own food traditions. It was named for the Latin phrase quattuor tempora meaning Ember Days, the times when Catholics eat vegetables or fish and no meat.

Tempura is an easy concoction of cold water and wheat flour. Online food recipes also call for eggs, baking soda, spices, and different oils to add to the flavor. Traditionally, shrimp, scallops, eggplant, and sweet potatoes are prepared in the batter but Dishfolio food bloggers found other possibilities as well. While tempura may appear to be exotic Asian fare, you will likely find it easy to make at home. Recreate your favorite Japanese restaurant in your own kitchen tonight!

Baked Vegan Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Healthy junk food! Baked beer-battered onion rings. Vegan.


Tempura Shrimp and Scallops

Tasty, crunchy tempura is a taste sensation. We used the batter to crisp shrimp and scallops. Click for some useful tips!


Chive Flower Tempura

This Chinese chive flower tempura is definitely one of the tastiest tempura dishes we have encountered! It's seasonal cooking at its best!


Asparagus in tempura and salad

Tempura Asparagus and Zucchini salad with carrots and Pickled Lemon


Beef teriyaki and tempura

make your own bento box with beef teriyaki and crispy tempura


Shrimp Tempura Tacos

Shrimp Tempura Tacos... all because I found some tempura mix in the pantry!


Shrimp Tempura

Basic and easy recipe for tasty shrimp tempura.


Tempura Eggplant and Mountain Yam

Tempura Eggplant and Mountain Yam with Pork Floss


Tempura Miso

Tokyo Tokyo's Tempura Miso Ramen.


Tempura Zucchini Blossoms

Zucchini blossoms fresh from the garden. Perfect for stuffing, perfect for tempura.