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10 Tempura Facts That Celebrate National Tempura Day

Today is #NationalTempuraDay and here are 10 delicious tempura facts that will help you celebrate this crispy day!

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1. The tempura recipe was introduced to the Japanese by Portuguese Jesuit missionaries.

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2. It is most likely that the word tempura came from the Portuguese word tempêro.

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The Portuguese word tempêro translates to seasoning in English.

3. Panko and breadcrumbs aren't used in tempura.

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4. Classic tempura batter only contains 3 ingredients.

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The 3 ingredients are eggs, cake flour, and cold water.

5. Tempura is a versatile dish and can be served in any way.

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6. There are shops in Japan that only sell tempura dishes.

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These shops are called tempura-ya and dedicated to only serving tempura dishes.

7. Tempura's airy texture only allows vegetables and seafood to fry.

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Chicken and other meats don't work well with tempura's ingredients.

8. Tempura and sweets go together and it's delicious!

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Tempura can be served with chocolate, honey, and ice cream. Yum!

9. Most tempura dishes only contain up to 150 calories.

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Perfect for all-you-can-eat without worrying about calories!

10. January 7th is National Tempura Day!

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It's only the best day to ever exist.

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