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National Tempura Day

Get ready to tempura your taste buds on National Tempura Day! Enjoy this crispy, deep-fried treat and celebrate the deliciousness of Japanese cuisine.
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January 7
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Get ready to indulge in some delicious fried goodness on National Tempura Day on January 7! This popular Japanese dish has been around since the 16th century, when it was first introduced by Portuguese traders. It consists of battered and deep-fried seafood or vegetables, resulting in a crispy and flavorful treat. Whether you prefer classic tempura shrimp or more adventurous options like tempura pumpkin, this holiday is the perfect excuse to satisfy your cravings and discover new favorite flavors. So get your chopsticks ready and let's celebrate this tasty tradition!

History of National Tempura Day

National Tempura Day Dates

National Tempura Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>16th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Tempura</div><div class='timeline-text'>Portuguese introduced the concept of deep-frying food in batter to Japan, which eventually led to the development of Tempura.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>17th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tempura Mainstream in Japan</div><div class='timeline-text'>By this period, tempura had gained popularity as a street food among the Japanese populace, specifically in the city of Edo (now Tokyo).</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tempura in the West</div><div class='timeline-text'>Japanese cuisine, including tempura, started to gain popularity in America and Western Europe during this period.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Upscale Tempura</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tempura began to be featured in fine dining establishments worldwide, elevating its status from a common fast food to gourmet fare.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Innovation in Tempura</div><div class='timeline-text'>Chefs around the world get creative with tempura, using the technique for a wide range of ingredients well beyond traditional Japanese offerings.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Tempura Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own tempura</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Tempura is a delicious Japanese dish that consists of battered and deep-fried vegetables and seafood. Try making your own tempura at home with different ingredients and sauces to create your own unique version.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for tempura</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If cooking is not your thing, go out to a Japanese restaurant and treat yourself to some delicious tempura. Try out different types of tempura, such as shrimp, eggplant, or even sweet potato.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a tempura cooking class</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Want to learn the secrets of making perfect tempura? Sign up for a tempura cooking class and learn from an expert chef. You'll be able to impress your friends and family with your new skills.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a tempura party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a tempura party! Have everyone bring their favorite tempura dish to share and enjoy a fun and tasty evening together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a tempura taste test</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself and your friends to a tempura taste test. Blindfold each other and try to guess the different types of tempura being served. It's a fun way to celebrate National Tempura Day and discover new flavors.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Tempura Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Tempura is a delicious Japanese dish</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Tempura is a traditional Japanese dish made of battered and deep-fried seafood or vegetables. It's known for its light and crispy texture, making it a popular choice among sushi lovers. National Tempura Day gives you the perfect excuse to indulge in this tasty dish!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Tempura is easy to make at home</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>While it may seem like a fancy restaurant dish, tempura can actually be quite simple to make at home. With just a few ingredients and some basic frying skills, anyone can create their own delicious tempura experience on National Tempura Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Tempura is versatile</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The great thing about tempura is that it can be enjoyed with a variety of different foods. From shrimp and fish to broccoli and sweet potatoes, there's no limit to what you can tempura-fry! So on National Tempura Day, get creative and try out some new and unique combinations.</p></div></div>

5 Interesting Facts About Tempura

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h2 class='facts-number'>1</h2></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tempura Originated From Portugal, Not Japan</h3><p class='facts-content'>Tempura is actually a cooking technique brought to Japan by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th Century. Japanese chefs refined and perfected the method into what we know today as tempura.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h2 class='facts-number'>2</h2></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tempura is a Method of Deep Frying</h3><p class='facts-content'>Tempura utilizes a special batter and a specific oil temperature to achieve its characteristic light, crisp texture. It's different from most other deep-fried foods that can have heavy batters.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h2 class='facts-number'>3</h2></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Various Ingredients Can Be Used for Tempura</h3><p class='facts-content'>From shrimp to sweet potatoes, a wide array of items can be made into tempura. Other popular ingredients include mushrooms, eggplants, and bell peppers.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h2 class='facts-number'>4</h2></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tempura Has Special Days in Japan's Buddhist Tradition</h3><p class='facts-content'>In Japan's Buddhist tradition, there are certain days called 'Yakudoshi', believed to bring bad luck. People eat tempura on these days as its Japanese word 'Tenpura' can also be read as 'Tenhura', which means 'to remove ill fortune'.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h2 class='facts-number'>5</h2></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tempura is both a Street Food and High-End Cuisine in Japan</h3><p class='facts-content'>While you can find tempura in casual eateries and food stalls, there are also specialized Tempura restaurants in Japan where chefs prepare the dish right in front of diners with exquisite craftsmanship, showcasing the multifaceted nature of this delicious fare.</p></div></div>

National Tempura Day FAQs

When is National Tempura Day?

National Tempura Day is celebrated on January 7th every year. In 2024, National Tempura Day will occur on a Sunday.

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