This post is contributed by One Drop member – Johnathan Oh

Don’t we all love tempura? The crispy texture when you sink your teeth into one of those morsels. The delicious dipping sauce that was served with it. The only thing that I ever hated about tempura is that they are so delicious I need to spend a lot of money to eat such quantity that actually satisfies me!  So what if you can make equally delicious tempura at home at a fraction of that cost? Go get your ingredients and let’s eat tempura!

This recipe is really simple and its a wonder why I didn’t do this earlier. Yeah yeah, the cleaning and all but hey, we are not going to eat it everyday right? Indulge in it once in a while by making a bigger batch and suck up the TLCs. I have developed a Umami sweet sauce that goes tremendously well with the tempura!

Ingredients (Batter):
  • 2 Tablespoon of Potato starch
  • 6-10 Tablespoon of Plain flour
  • 1 Cup of ice cold water (You can also choose to add 1 Cup of ice cold beer)
  • 4 – 5 ice cubes
  • Some plain flour for dusting the ingredients
  • Cooking oil (High temperature type e.g. Peanut, canola, coconut etc.)
Ingredients (suggestion):
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Pumpkin
  • Okra
  • Kale
  • Shiitake mushroom
  • Oyster mushroom
  • Prawns/Crabs/fish fillet
Secret Tempura sauce ingredient:
  • 1 Tablespoon Shoyu sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon of Yukon syrup
  • 1 drop Lime Vitality Essential Oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilli flakes (your preference)
  1. Cut up the ingredients into desired shape and size. For eggplant, halves it lengthwise and cut them into sections followed by fanning.
  2. Heat up the cooking oil.
  3. Dry the ingredients and dust them with plain flour. Shake off the excess flour. Set aside.
  4. Mix the batter ingredients together. Don’t mix it too finely, it is supposed to be lumpy.
  5. Drop some batter into the frying pan to check whether the oil is bubbling hot.
  6. If it is hot, coat the ingredients (one-by-one) into the batter and drop into the oil.
  7. Fry until slightly golden brown. Remove, shake off excess oil and place on a rack to cool down.
  8. Add the Shoyu sauce, Yukon syrup, ONE drop of Lime Vitality Essential Oil, a dash of sesame oil and salt into a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust to preference.
  9. Drizzle some sauce on the rice, place your tempura on top the rice, drizzle with the secret tempura sauce, drizzle with some chili flakes or paprika (optional) and serve!

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