Tempura- Japanese or European food?

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Tempura- Japanese or European food?


Tempura is nowadays known as a Japanese food, but it was originally from europe, brought to Japan thanks to Portuguese sailors in the mid-16th century. In japanese gastronomy, tempura may be even more well known than sushi, and there are even restaurants specializing in this method of preparation called tenpura-ya. The term tempura originated from the japanese word for rice flour, tempurako, which is used to prepare the dough used in this cooking.

The word tempura is used to describe any food that is covered with a dough made of the tempurako rice flour, and then deep fried in hot oil. This method of preparation ensures the food holds its juices inside, and therefore their natural taste. The dishes most often prepared with this method are pieces of fish, seafood, soft meat, vegetables, and mushrooms, but it can in theory be used for any food that can be covered and fried. In southern Europe, dishes prepared in this way fall under their collective term "Tapas" and use corn and wheat flour for the dough.

Tempura shrimp


  • 300 g Shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoon corn flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon garlic paste
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of salt

(Or you can use the coating solution Tempura)

  • cooking oil


  • Clean the prawns and shrimp, making cuts along their length to straighten them.
  • Combine plain wheat flour, corn flour, eggs and garlic paste in a bowl, then add white pepper, black pepper and salt. Alternatively, you can use the ready-made tempura mix. Pour a little ice water and stir the mixture so that it isn't too thick or too thin.
  • Add ¼ cup of oil and a little baking soda, then mix it by hand.
  • Sprinkle a little pepper and salt on the cuts in the shrimp.
  • Wrap the shrimp in plain wheat flour.
  • Immerse the shrimp in the mixture, before placing them in the hot oil. Make sure it can be completely immersed in oil.
  • The shrimp tempura is ready.

Dry of oil with blotting paper before serving.

The basic sauce for tempura


  •  2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  •  2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce
  • salt, pepper


Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a dish, add chili sauce as per your taste. Use hot chicken broth to strengthen the taste of the sauce if needed. Leave to cool down afterwards.

Bon appetite!

Source: milujivareni.cz