Try Tempura This Season of Lent

Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Asakusa Special Tendon. Photo courtesy of Tenya Philippines

Looking for seafood? Need a Lenten treat? Trying to get more crunch into your life? Tenya has you covered! With their staple Asakusa Special Tendon and tasty vegetarian options like Yasai Tendon, there’s something for everyone. 

Tempura is perfect for this season. Did you know? ‘tempura’ actually comes from the Latin word ‘tempora’ which was the word for the Lenten season. Portuguese missionaries introduced the practice of deep-frying seafood and vegetables to delight converts during Lent. After a while, locals associated the name “tempora” with the dish, and ‘tempura’ was born! Next time you order tempura at Tenya, you have the Portuguese missionaries to thank for every delicious bite! 

The Asakusa Special Tendon, the classic tempura, is named after the historical district in Tokyo. It’s crunchy and tasty with a kick of Tenya’s special don tare sauce!

Asakusa Special Tendon. Photo courtesy of Tenya Philippines

If you are in the mood for veggies, opt for Yasai Tendon. It’s a delightful selection of Japanese sweet potatoes, squash, and eggplant, perfect for those who want a vegetarian option. 

Yasai Tendon (All-vegetable.) Photo courtesy of Tenya Philippines

If you can’t decide on what delectable dish to try, don’t worry! Tenya’s Kakiage Tendon combines seafood and veggies for a symphony of flavor.  

Kakiage Tendon. Photo courtesy of Tenya Philippines

Tenya also offers TempuRamen, combining two Japanese staples into one dish! Pairing the crunch from the tempura with the satisfying slurp of noodles–it’s too tempting not to try! 

TempuRamen. Photo courtesy of Tenya Philippines

If you love ramen, there’s also Hokkaido Butter Ramen. In Hokkaido, locals wanted to put a spin on the traditional dish, adding milk, corn, and butter for a creamier soup. 

Hokkaido Butter Ramen. Photo courtesy of Tenya Philippines

Tenya also makes a mean maki! Their Spicy Salmon Maki is delectable. Shredded crispy salmon tempura toppings, and a strong kick all make this maki the perfect appetizer the next time you’re at Tenya.

Spicy Salmon Maki. Photo courtesy of Tenya Philippines

From the Portuguese method of frying food with batter, to a deep-fried delicacy all over Japan, every bite of tempura is rooted in tradition, Japanese history, and incredible flavor. And Tenya is the best place to try it this Lenten Season. With branches in Tiendesitas, Magallanes, Market Market BGC, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Glorietta, Aseana, SM Southmall and Mitsukoshi, there’s a Tenya to try near you! Come in and celebrate the season of Lent with the Japanese favorite! For delivery, you may order via, Grab Food, Foodpanda, SM Malls online or Pickaroo.

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