National Tempura Day

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National Tempura Day
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National Tempura Day

National Tempura Day, observed annually on January 7, celebrates the Japanese dish known as tempura. This culinary delight involves battering or deep-frying seafood and vegetables. The term "Tempura" has European roots, originating from the Latin word "Quattuor Tempora," associated with the days when Catholics abstained from meat and consumed fish and vegetables. Though the name may have Portuguese origins, it gained popularity in southern Japan, referring to a dish prepared using hot oil. Today, Tempura encompasses various preparations, including the satsuma age type of fried fish cake. National Tempura Day provides the perfect opportunity to savor the unique flavors of tempura with family and friends.