One of the questions that come up when diners look at our menu selection is “What is tempura?”
When you see a tempura menu item at our Japanese restaurant in Charlotte or Japanese restaurant in Springfield, it means that it is food that has been dipped in a light batter and fried to a crispy texture. Tempura is synonymous with Japanese cooking. Stroll down certain streets in Japan and you’ll find vendors offering battered tempura snacks in paper cones. It is also commonly served in many Japanese restaurants.
Nakato brings the tempura tradition to our popular Japanese steakhouse restaurants. Western cuisine also has a tradition of fried foods like good old-fashioned fried chicken. Well, think of tempura in the same way. We whip up a light batter consisting of flour, egg and water and dip fresh foods into it such as shrimp, calamari and vegetables. The food is then deep fried until it has a light golden brown texture that is never greasy. When tempura is done right, it enhances the flavor of the main food item with a crisp, savory flavor. Dip the tempura food into a special sauce for added enjoyment.
At Nakato Japanese Steakhouse, tempura is served as an appetizer in our Charlotte sushi bar and restaurant . We offer our customers a choice of calamari, shrimp or vegetables done in the tempura style. It makes the perfect light snack to enjoy before the main course. We suggest trying it with wine, beer or saki from our beverage menu. Customers that have enough room for dessert may want to indulge in another Nakato favorite: Tempura fried banana topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Bananas go beautifully with the tempura batter.
Although, many people think that Japan invented tempura, it did not originate there. Portuguese missionaries brought this culinary cooking method to Japan in the mid-sixteenth century. Of course, once it arrived, the Japanese totally embraced it and incorporated tempura into the regular cuisine. Today, tempura is so popular in Japan that home cooks serve it as a common side dish. Tempura crumbs are often served over a dish to give it an extra bit of texture.
Now that you know a little bit more about tempura and how it is made, we encourage you, your family and friends to head on down to Nakato for lunch or dinner. Order one or more tempura appetizers to enjoy while you are at our sushi bar in Charlotte or our sushi bar in Springfield. We’re sure that once you take your first bite of this deliciously crisp treat, it will become one of your favorite foods.