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January 7th Is International Tempura Day

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This iconic Japanese dish consists mainly of seafood and vegetables that have been battered and deep fried.

Fun fact: Japanese deep frying techniques did not use eggs in batter until influenced by Spanish or Portuguese missionaries and merchants during the late 16th century. "Tempura" is derived from the Latin word "Tempora" (time of) and a reference to Catholic fasting days. The batter-based fritters these foreigners made to muffle their tummy grumbles eventually became the beautiful fried gift to the world it is today.

Don't forget to use a thermometer if you're deep frying. It'll keep your tempura golden and your home not burned to the ground.

Happy International Tempura Day 2017!

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