5 tempura foods you must try in Japan

When you visit a typical Japanese restaurant in a foreign country, three items are considered as the national signature dish of Japan: Sushi, Teriyaki, and Tempura.
(I would personally call them the “”big-three” ;) )

A typical tempura platter consists of a few sticks of deep-fried shrimp, usually covered with a thick layer of heavy batter :| , and some ordinary veggies like pumpkin tempura, carrot tempura, broccoli tempura and so forth.

Well, when you are in Japan, you’ll see a lot more varieties than this. :D
Consider the following options when you are in Osaka:

1. Ginger tempura

Benishouga (Red ginger) is one of the signature dishes at this Tempura-specialty store in Osaka called “Nisshindou”, located in Kuromon Ichiba Shopping District. This little tempura shack is also famous for its gigantic eel tempura! 8O

2. Sesame tofu tempura

Sesame tofu (Goma-dofu) is made from 3 simple ingredients: Ground sesame paste, water, and starch like kuzu. Creamy and light, with nutty flavor, goma-dofu is one of my favorite Japanese dishes.

3. Pufferfish’s milt tempura

If you are feeling adventurous, try this eccentric part of blowfish called “shirako”: a fish sperm sack! 8O 3 pieces for 1000 Yen.

4. Ice cream

To wash down what you just read… ;)

Ogura-matcha ice cream (red bean & green tea ice cream)

And some tempura chocolate (black & white)

Items #2 to #4 as well as 100 other items including seafood, meat, vegetables, fruits and cheese are listed on the menu at “Tenpurayasan” (Tempura Restaurant) in Nanba, Osaka.

Dishes are served with a variety of flavored salt, not with the typical dipping sauce.

Orders are à la carte basis and each item costs only about 100 Yen. ;)

If you are interested in eating as many different kinds of tempura as possible, it is worth a visit.

If generous volume is what you are after, then look no further than “Fukagawa Tsuribune” in Kunitachi, Tokyo. Here, you’ll meet my last choice of “Must-try tempura food in Japan”.

5. Monstrous kakiage-don

Place an order of “Kakiage don”, which has a stack of 36 kakiage fritters on top of a bed of steamed rice in a bowl. That’s a height of 15 inches! 8O

For those who are not familiar with kakiage, it’s a type of tempura made with mixed vegetable strips, such as onion, carrot, and mini shrimps, which is deep-fried as round fritters. :)

Kakiage fritters served at this restaurant are filled with lots of sakura-ebi (very small shrimp, about a size of an inch), kabocha (Japanese pumpkin), carrot and other veggies.

Apparently you can try your best and finish maximum 7 pieces of kakiage.

But not to worry; they’ll kindly pack it up for you to take home. ;) Leftovers go very well with hot soup, as well as on top of a hot bed of rice.

The price of this massive donburi dish is 1000 Yen. Usually customers come in with a group of 4 and share one order among them. In that case, each person spends only 250 Yen ($3 USD) and gets to eat 9 tempura fritters. That’s an awesome deal! :D

Every single kakiage is home made. Apparently it takes 40 minutes to complete one order of kakiage don. So, please make sure to phone in ahead of time (at least 1 day before) to make a reservation.

    Restaurant’s Name: Fukagawa Tsuribune

    Address: 2nd floor, Shirano Building, 1-15-18 Higashi, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo

    Phone: 0425-76-9910

    Hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:00~24:00

    Access: 3 minutes walk from South Exit of Kunitachi Station

    Map: http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1325/A132503/13043865/dtlmap/

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10 Responses to 5 tempura foods you must try in Japan

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  2. Galt says:

    I agree, this is a good site for those who love Japanese food. And I’m one of them. I love eating tempura, takuyaki and other Japanese food that I don’t even know the name. lol.
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  3. tonypix says:

    tempura ice cream?! Is this true? how does it taste? Japan really got a vast variety of foods to taste. Hope I can taste most of it when I will go there this coming summer.
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  5. wind0506 says:

    I agree, this is a good site for those who love Japanese food.
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  6. Marriella says:

    When i was in Singapore me and my friends always eat Japanese we really love it.
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  7. slumdunk0506 says:

    I love eating tempura, takuyaki and other Japanese food that I don’t even know the name. lolz.
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  8. Lauren says:

    Interesting! Its nice to visit there! I guess one family with one serve lol … I thinks we can found it! only at japan.
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  9. malunggay56 says:

    I want to try the pufferfish’s milt tempura, Japanese really have good taste when it comes to fish. They had their talent in food making and cooking different kinds of dishes.
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  10. chocolate tempura?? new to me…should find it somewhere around my place. =) thanks for sharing this info.

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