Tendon (Tempura Rice Bowl)

Tendon (Tempura Rice Bowl)

Place tempura on rice and enjoy with a swirl of deeply flavored sauce.

Cooking time
25 minutes
  • Nutrition facts are for one serving.

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

Ingredients(Servings: 2)

for 2 bowls (about 300 g or 10.6 oz.)


1 (about 80 g or 2.8 oz.)

1/6 (about 30 g or 1.1 oz.)

1 (about 40 g or 1.4 oz.)

1/4 (of an egg)

110 ml (3.7 fl. oz.)

125 ml (4.2 fl. oz.)

as needed

(A)Tendon Sauce

1/2 tsp

2 Tbsp

1/2 tsp a small amount


  1. Peel and devein the shrimps. Make a few slits in the underside of the shrimps and straighten these out. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise. Leaving about 1 cm (0.4 in.) from the stem, make lengthwise slits across the width of each piece (doing so will create fan-shaped eggplant pieces after deep-frying). Slice the carrot and onion into 5 mm (0.2 in.) thick rounds. Cut the green pepper in half lengthwise, remove the stem and seeds.
  2. Place (A) into a pot and bring this mixture to a boil.
  3. Place the beaten egg in a bowl, add in the cold water and mix well with a fork until uniform. Sift in the flour and mix all ingredients together with a fork in a manner as if drawing the number ‘8’. Avoid over-mixing and stop mixing once only a slight powderiness remains.
  4. Heat the deep-frying oil to 180℃ (356F), coat the ingredients from (1) in (3) and deep-fry each to crispy for 2 - 3 minutes. Scoop the warm rice into bowls, top with the tempura and pour on (2).

Cooking Basics

Shrimp - deveining

Shrimp or prawns have a dark-colored intestinal tract (often called a vein) running down the length of their back, this needs to be removed. For shrimps in shells, before removing the shell, place a toothpick into the 2nd to 3rd abdominal segment from the head and gently remove this. By slightly bending the back this process is made easier. For headless shrimp, quite often the intestinal tract has been removed with the head.

Shrimp - making slits in the underside

Make shallow incisions along the underside of the shrimp, then stretch out the shrimp at the cut points to straighten it out. This will prevent shrimp from curling up when cooked.

Carrots - rounds

Peel the skin of the carrot, remove the stem, and slice at consistent widths from end to end.

  • Recipe Junko Ueda
  • Styling Misa Nishizaki
  • Photo Taku Kimura

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