Making the batter with all-purpose flour and iced water helps to guarantee a delicate, light finish.
Prepare ahead: The dipping sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator, covered, until required.
Preparation Time20 min
Preparation Time - Text10–20 mins
Cooking Time10 min
Cooking Time - Text10
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get-together
Recipe Coursehot appetizer, vegetable
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturecrisp, crunchy, savory, umami
Type of Dishvegetable
- 2 tbsp sake
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups ice-cold water
- 1 large egg yolk
- Selection of fresh vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, and green beans, trimmed and thinly sliced, or chopped, as required
- Strips of scallion, to garnish
To make the dipping sauce, put the sake, soy sauce, sugar, and 2 tbsp water in a small bowl, stir together, then set aside.
Pour in oil to a depth of 3 in (7.5cm) in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Heat over high heat to 375°F (190°C). Meanwhile, lightly whisk together the flour, cold water, and egg yolk in a bowl. The batter should remain lumpy, which is what makes the tempura light.
Preheat the oven to 200°F (100°C). Working in batches, dip the vegetable pieces into the batter, letting any excess batter drip back into the bowl. Carefully add the battered vegetables to the hot oil and deep-fry for 1–2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the pan and drain well on paper towels. Keep warm in the oven while frying the remaining vegetables.
Serve immediately with small bowls of the dipping sauce for each diner.
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