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Fish Tempura

Fish Tempura

We like crispy crunchy food. My picky eaters tend to eat vegetables it’s cooked tempura style.

Kuya V has been requesting to have tempura packed in his bento, but I always have the issue of keeping them crispy by the time he gets to school. I read somewhere that the secret to make tempura crispy for a long time is to drain the oil as much as you can and pack it the container only when it’s in room temperature.

Fried and drained them in a colander then to a paper towel. Kuya V came home happy to report that the tempura was still a little bit crispy on some side.

Fish Tempura

Bento1505: Fish Tempura


  • Fish Fillet (I use Cream Dory), cut in strips. Pat with paper towel to dry.
  • salt
  • pepper
  • five spice
  • tempura batter
  • oil


  • 1 egg
  • cold water, about 3/4 or just enough to make 1 cup when mixed with the egg.
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Japanese Tempura Flour

Alternatively, you can use a store bought Tempura flour at your nearby Asian store. I bought this pack at Fujiya Supermarket, Oud Metha.

  • 1 cup dashi broth (mixture of 1 tsp dashi powder + water)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • drop of sesame oil (optional)


  1. In your deep fryer or a pan heat about 2 inches of oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients for sauce and cook over low heat till sugar is completely dissolve.
  3. Crack egg in a measuring cup, whisk. Add enough water to make 1 cup, mix. Strain this mixture to remove egg lumps.
  4. Sift all purpose flour on a separate bowl.
  5. Slowly pour egg water mixture to your flour, lumps are ok.
  6. Coat fish in batter.
  7. Deep fry until golden brown. Once cooked, drain oil from fish on a colander make sure you have enough space between them. When your next batch of fish are cooked transfer 1st batch to a plate lined with paper towels.
  8. Pack in your lunchbox only when tempura is completely cold.

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Hi, my name is Abigail a stay at home Mama of two LittleOnes and currently residing in Dubai, UAE since 2009. This is my little space online where I share activities, places we've been, food we enjoy and snippets of our daily expat life. ‘Cuddles and Crumbs’ is a combination of the two main things I share on this blog: cuddles (family) and crumbs (food).


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