Love the satisfying crunch of fried foods? Tempura Day, celebrated annually on January 7, was created just for you. The battered, fried delicacy originated in Portugal, although it is synonymous with Japan.
Preparation is quick and easy. Food is dipped into a thin batter, coated with breadcrumbs and plunged into hot oil. The result is a light golden nugget of crispiness that is typically served with mirin, dashi and soy sauce.
Enjoyed as an appetizer or entrée, tantalizing tempura trays include shrimp, eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini and sweet potatoes. You might even discover its pleasurable crunch in sushi rolls.
Celebrate Tempura Day by hosting a gathering of friends. You supply the shrimp and saké but allow your guests to bring their favorite vegetables. On this occasion, everybody cooks.
If dining out is more your style, reserve a table or two at your local Japanese restaurant and spend the evening playing chopsticks and satisfying a hearty appetite.