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Agemono (Fried Foods)

The Japanese adopted the technique ofdeep frying battered foods from Portugese merchants.

Curried Carrot Fritters Recipe star
A terrific way to use up a lot of carrots, these golden fritters with a hint of ginger and curry are a favorite. Eat hot or cold, plain or with some Japanese mayonnaise.

Furikake Fish Recipe star
Panko bread crumbs and seasoned nori flakes combine to create a flavorful, crunchy coating for all types of fish filets. Baked or fried, furikake fish can be eaten at room temperature which makes it an excellent addition to a bento box lunch.

Japanese Ebi Furai Deep Fried Shrimp Recipe star
Deep fried food coated with crunchy bread crumbs has its own category in Japanese cooking. Although not true tempura, furai foods may be eaten hot from the fryer or at room temperature in a bento lunch.

Japanese Shrimp Balls Recipe star
Only a few seasonings turn minced fresh shrimp into a delectable dish, reminiscent of tempura, for bento lunches, appetizers or okazu

Lacy Tempura and Tentsuyu Recipes star
Of all the tempura recipes, this one results in light, crispy, flavorful tempura. The secret is in the technique as much as in the batter. Tentsuyu is the light dipping sauce.

Okonomiyaki Japanese Vegetable Pancake Recipe star
Often called a Japanese pizza, okonomiyaki is an economical egg-based dish that is really more like a cross between a vegetable omelet and a pancake. It is another popular street food.

Quick and Easy Tempura Recipe star
Tempura, battered and deep-fried, was introduced by the Portugese. The Japanese improved upon the heavy texture but it takes a skilled hand. This version is more like the original, and it is quick and easy.

Secrets of Making Light and Lacy Tempura star
The technique of deep frying battered foods came from Portuguese traders but the Japanese made it their own with a special technique that results in a light and lacy tempura. No panko or bread crumbs required.

Shrimp Balls Recipe star
These taste like shrimp tempura in a little ball. Easier and faster to cook than tempura, they make welcome appetizers or light dinner.

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Tori no Kara-age Recipe star
Little fried chicken nuggets—Japanese style!

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