National Tempura Day
1 package tempura batter
1 carrot, cut into sticks
1 zucchini, cut into sticks
1 sweet potato, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
1 head of broccoli, but into florets
tempura dipping sauce, soy sauce, or plum sauce
- Mix batter according to package directions. Add 2 inches of oil to a wok and heat over high heat until reaching 350 degrees. If you do not have a thermometer, you can judge the temperature of the water by sticking the end of a wooden spoon in the oil. If the oil around the wood begins to bubble, the oil is the right temperature.
- Dip the vegetables in the tempura batter and add to the hot oil. Fry the vegetables until golden brown.
- Transfer the vegetables to a plate lined with paper towels and let drain briefly.
- Serve the tempura vegetables with tempura dipping sauce, soy sauce, or plum sauce.
This can also be done with other vegetables and shrimp. The carrots and sweet potato take longer than other vegetables.