You might just have asked what tempura is. Tempura is an archetypal Japanese food. All the essential qualities of Japanese cuisine are reflected in its preparation: the use of absolutely fresh ingredients, the artful presentation, and the perfection of technique by a skilled chef, writes the portal Bento.
The result is one of the triumphs of Japanese cooking – a fried food that is light and fresh-tasting rather than heavy and greasy.
The next most important factor in good tempura is the quality of the batter, which is made from eggs, flour, and ice water, according to the portal.
It is also added that the first rule of eating tempura is to get it while it’s hot. If you’re sitting at the counter, the chef will transfer each piece directly from the vat of hot oil to the counter in front of you, placing it on a sheet of white paper to drain off the excess oil.
Try making tempura yourself!
Recipe – Tempura Shrimp and Vegetables
10 green beans, trimmed
12 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail shells left intact
Salt and pepper
About 6 cups vegetable or peanut oil for frying
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
10 fresh shiitake mushrooms (about 3/4 pound), stemmed
1 large white onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick rings
2-ounce piece fresh lotus root (about 1 1/2 inches long), peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
10 fresh shiso leaves
For dipping sauce
1/4 cup dashi
1/2 cup light soy sauce
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely grated (from about 3/4-inch piece)
1/2 cup daikon radish, finely grated (from about 4 1/2-inch piece)
1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
Make dipping sauce
In small saucepan over moderate heat, stir together all ingredients. Bring to simmer, then remove from heat and keep warm. Sauce can be made ahead, refrigerated in covered container up to 2 days, and rewarmed over moderate heat before serving.
Bring medium pot water to boil over high heat. Have large bowl ice water ready. Add green beans to boiling water and blanch just until crisp-tender, about 30 seconds. Using slotted spoon, immediately transfer to ice water to stop cooking, then drain well and dry on paper towels.
Make several shallow cuts across inside curve of each shrimp and gently press shrimp flat on cutting board (to help prevent curling during cooking). Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper.
In large saucepan over moderate heat, heat 4 inches of oil until thermometer registers 325°F.
In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and sesame oil. Gradually and gently whisk in 2 1/2 cups ice water, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Batter will be very lumpy.)
Working in batches, using tongs or chopsticks dip shrimp and vegetables into batter and fry, turning occasionally, until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes for green beans, 2 minutes for shrimp and other vegetables. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Return oil to 325°F between batches and, using spider or slotted spoon, remove any residual bits of batter from oil before adding next batch.
To fry shiso leaves, gently lay each leaf on top of batter to coat 1 side, then drop, batter-side-down, into oil and fry without turning until underside is golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Serve tempura immediately with dipping sauce.