1 tbsp (4-5 g): 12 calories; 0.2 g protein; 0.4 g fat; 1.8 g carbohydrate; 1.7 g net carbs; 2 mg sodium (with shrimp flakes；5-7 mg with sakura ebi); 0 mg cholesterol; 0.1 g fiber
100 g wheat flour
2 tsp katakuriko potato starch
1 tsp ebi fureeku shrimp flakes (or 1 tbsp sakura ebi dried shrimp, coarsely ground)
180-200 cc cold dashi
2 tsp rice vinegar
Oil for deep-frying (not in photo; a mixture of canola and sesame oil)
Mix all dry ingredients (flour, potato starch, shrimp flakes) well.
When oil is hot (a drop of batter submerges and immediately pops up to float on surface, or very fine bubbles come up from ends of bamboo chopsticks when dipped in oil), drizzle batter in oil.
Scoop enough batter with chopsticks, and let it slide down into oil as you circulate chopsticks above the pan.
Leave them in oil for 5-10 seconds, remove while shaking off excess oil, and empty on paper-towel lined plate or baking sheet.
- Change paper towels as necessary to absorb excess oil from tempura pearls.
- To ensure crunchiness, cool completely before refrigerating or freezing.
- If you have a bowl with a tiny spout, you can directly (but slowly) pour the batter into oil from the bowl.
- When you put batter in oil, watch out for hot oil spattering.
- For deep-frying, canola oil alone also works. Mixing it with sesame oil is my preference, as it gives a toasty note.
- Shrimp flakes or sakura ebi can be omitted, if not available.
- Adding katakuriko potato starch helps to get crispy results. If not available, corn starch or tapioca starch should work fine.
- If dashi is not available, use cold water. If you skip shrimp flakes and replace dashi with water, you might want to add a tiny amount of salt.
- Whole recipe above: 537 calories; 10.5 g protein; 17.0 g fat; 77.9 g carbohydrate; 75.1 g net carbs; 89 mg sodium (with shrimp flakes；200-280 mg with sakura ebi); 7 mg cholesterol; 2.8 g fiber
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(Last updated: July 16, 2015)