Tempura is one of the most popular Japanese dishes for both Japanese and foreigners. Various ingredients such as prawns, fish and vegetables are dipped in batter and deep fried in vegetable oil. Then they’re eaten after being dipped in a special sauce. Although cooking tempura is rather simple, the batter is the key to successful tempura. One most prepare the batter using wheat flour, eggs, and icy water which is mixed quickly so the tempura will become crispy when it is fried.
Tempura is sold in sidewalk stalls and fancy Japanese restaurants. Tempura is also cooked at home and eaten with rice or on top of soba (buckweat noodles) or udon (thick wheat-floured noodles).