Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tempura is a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables that are battered, and deep fried. Traditionally, people mix the ingredients with chopsticks to help create a light, and fluffy texture. These are simple, delicious, and who doesn't love a little fried snack? Choose your favorite fresh vegetable(s) and enjoy!
1 cup flour (can use all purpose, or fine cake flour for a lighter texture)
2 egg yolks
1 tsp baking soda
~ 1 cup of icewater or until desired consistency (very important that it is ice cold)
Canola oil, or other cooking oil for frying
Salt to taste, or any other seasonings you like
You can also make dipping sauces for your tempura. Look at a cookbook, find a recipe online, or get creative and make your own!
~Mix the flour, egg yolks, and baking soda together, then add in the icewater until the consistency is a bit liquidy and easy to pour, or dip veggies into.
~Heat up your oil in a deep sauce pan, or dutch oven to about 375 degrees (you can test this by dripping some batter in, and seeing if it begins to fry). Keep a very close eye on your oil! You don't want it to get too hot, so be sure there is an adult present when making tempura.
~Lay out your veggies on a large pan and pour batter over them, or dip them in the batter with some tongs. Let them drain a little, then put them in your oil. Fry them until golden, and place them on a towel for a couple minutes to remove excess oil.
~Eat, and enjoy!