One of the set dishes I always order at a Japanese restaurant is Vegetable Tempura. I love the crispy batter and how it soaks up the tasty tempura sauce. As I’m currently in the phase of experimenting and learning how to cook Japanese cuisine, I made Vegetable Tempura for dinner.
I like cooking to be fuss-free. Ideally, I should be able to get all the
ingredients from the 4 different German supermarkets within walking
distance from my apartment on a weekday. When I decided to make tempura,
I wasn’t sure if I could get tempura flour. Therefore I was thrilled to
learn from Just One Cookbook that I could make my own batter at home!
So convenient and definitely cheaper too!
I didn’t exactly use the same vegetables as Nami-san’s recipe but I’m
glad they still turned out well. As we only get asparagus in Spring in
Germany, I was quick to get a bundle the moment I saw them. I also used
sweet potatoes and an eggplant (aubergine). It turned out to be a feast
for Daniel and I.
The tempura was crispy and so much less oily than what you would get
in restaurants. I never reuse frying oil because I simply can’t bear the
thought to, so I would like to think that deep-frying at home is
cleaner than the ones you get outside.
Nami-san also provided the recipe for tempura sauce on her blog.
Seriously, does she need to buy any bottled sauces? She seems to know
how to make everything from scratch and make it look so easy!
As it was a slightly warm Spring Day, I served the lovely tempura
with Zaru Soba. Ahhhh… Refreshing it was! Unfortunately I didn’t have
all the ingredients to make the dipping sauce for the soba so I took the
easy way out and used bottled Mentsuyu.
If you’re a vegetable tempura lover, do try the recipe out at home. You’ll love it!
Any packet of soba will give you cooking instructions but I found the
detailed instructions on Just One Cookbook really good to ensure I get
the texture right.
Here are the links to the recipes.
Vegetable Tempura & sauce recipe
Zaru Soba recipe
I hope you’ll enjoy the vegetable tempura and Zaru soba as much as I did!