I often order shrimp tempura and edamame at a Japanese restaurant, they are my favorites 🙂 Today my hubby surprised me by mixing these two to make tempura, called Kakiage. Kakiage is a type of tempura that made with mixed ingredients. It is quite simple but there is technique to make good tempura. This is a list of ingredients for 2 – 4 people.
- Shrimp – 1lb
- Edamame – 1 cup
- Onion – 1/2
- Daikon – little (optional)
- Egg Yolk – 1
- Flour – 1 cup & 1 tablespoon
- Potato Starch – 1.5 tablespoon
- Cold Water – 1 cup
- Lemon – 1/2
- Salt – little
First, peel the shrimp skin and make a shallow cut to remove sand vein. And chip them into three pieces. It’s nice to get fresh shrimp, taste better 🙂
Prepare a half onion, cut it in half horizontally and slice it vertically into 1/8″ pieces. If edamame is frozen, defrost or boil it for few mins and cool it down with cold water. Move these ingredients into a large bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour to the mixture and toss to coat evenly.
Prepare 1 cup of cold water, and drop a egg yolk and mix well. Then add 1 cup of flour and 1.5 tablespoon potato starch to the bowl. (If you have a strainer, use it to remove flour clump before) And here is the technique: tap the flour and cold water to mix lightly.
Mix the ingredients and batter well. Let’s fry the mixture at 340F degrees of vegetable oil. Place the mixture onto a paddle and gently slide the mixture into the oil. Keep them together for few seconds and gently remove the paddle. If a piece comes apart, pick it up with chopsticks and put it back. It will stick together again. Leave it for 1.5 – 2 mins and flip it and wait for 1 min. When it becomes golden brown, drain excess oil and remove it from the pan to the kitchen paper.
You have sauce options for Kakiage. One is Mentsuyu, which is Soba/Udon sauce. If you have daikon, grate it and mixed it with Mentsuyu. Another option is squeezed lemon and salt. They are both authentic styles and go with well. Without saying, it tastes amazing 🙂 Deep-frying process seals all flavors. Onion and edamame gets sweet and shrimp is very tasty. Homemade is always the best!