Weekly Fun Facts: Things to Know About Our Favorite Tempura
Tempura is a Japanese dish of deep fried fish and vegetables. What differentiates tempura from other fried dishes is the use of light batter and oil. Tempura is a very common and well known dish all around the world, finding tempura lovers is as easy as finding a car in a traffic jam. Most of you must enjoy eating tempura but you probably don’t know these 5 fun facts about tempura.
1. Japanese dish with Portuguese roots!
No, you guessed it wrong. Tempura was not founded by the Japanese. In fact the recipe for tempura was introduced to Japan by Portuguese Jesuit missionaries particularly active in the city of Nagasaki also founded by the Portuguese, during the sixteenth century. But the Japanese were the ones who adapted this dish into their lives that it has become a part of their food culture.
2. Tempura and sweets go well together!
In recent times some chefs have turned away from using traditional ingredients and towards sweets such as using chocolate, honey and Ice Cream. Desserts like tempura fried ice cream, banana-chocolate tempura etc. are becoming common throughout the globe. You can even find tempura gummy candies, for real.
3. National tempura day!
Yes, like many other occasions throughout the year, people also celebrate national tempura day on the 7th of January. It is a special day for tempura lovers as people from all around the world enjoy different types of tempura on their dinner tables.
4. It is not as complicated as it seems!
Some people believe that preparing the batter for tempura includes many steps and ingredients while actually classic tempura Batter includes only 3 ingredients, eggs, cake flour, and cold water (accompanying sometimes with ice).
5. Tempura can be part of any meal at any time of the day!
Probably the best thing about tempura is that it is a versatile dish and can be included in any meal of the day including breakfast.