It’s back! The new season of NLCTV’s “In the American Kitchen” and it’s airing every day this week at noon and again at 7:00 pm on Channel 6.
One of our favorite guests, Joe Miyazaki joined us again to demonstrate Japanese cuisine. Joe, previously showed us how to prepare several different types of Sushi. His friendly, laid back style, proved to our audience that Sushi is a simple yet impressive dish to explore. As we said in that episode - “Sushi - it’s not just raw fish”.
In keeping with the simplicity yet exotic flavor of his mom’s recipes, Joe is now introducing us to Tempura. Tempura is battered and deep fried ingredients served hot with a dipping sauce that traditionally has grated daikon radish added to the sauce as a condiment.
Joe’s cooking technique introduces us to different versions of tempura. First, his batter is simple. He uses the store bought mix but enhances the batter with a few of his mom’s recommendations. When preparing from the mix, use only ice water. The ice water prevents the batter from absorbing too much oil and will add to the crispiness of the batter. He also includes an egg yolk for a special richness that the batter mix alone doesn’t provide.
For this episode, the batter-dredged ingredients used for this deep fried favorite include the traditional fare of shrimp, broccoli, string beans and sweet potatoes. Then, there is one very non-traditional ingredient. Joe’s mom would make him a treat on special occasions. She would quarter a hard boiled egg, wrap it in bacon, and dredge it in the tempura batter for a deep fried treat that you have to taste to believe.
Hopefully everyone gets a chance to watch Tempura Joe demonstrate his recipe on NLCTV’s Channel 6. But, if you are unable to get the station, all of the “In the American Kitchen” episodes are available on utube.
And, as I like to end every show with - If you have a recipe and story that you would like to share, please contact NLCTV and you too could be on “In the American Kitchen”!
http://www.youtube.com/nlctv6 - for all NLCTV utube presentations
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhcelC1FWyA&feature=plcp - Sushi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvvxmCMPzWU - And for the first and only time - Tempura Episode Bloopers!