Best Tendon Recipe and Useful Vocabulary List – Where to buy the ingredients

Tendon is is a bowl of rice with Japanese-style tempura. The types of fries that are mainly served is shrimp, sweet pumpkin, squid, eggplant, lotus root, conger eel, hot spring egg, seaweed, etc. As fried food itself is very difficult to cook, try cooking Tendon at home could be a bit challenging. However, no worries! We will introduce the best Tendon recipe for you to cook Tendon much easier.

Today, let’s try making Tendon, 天丼!

Ingredients (材料) – 1 serving

  • 2 prawns
  • Pumpkin (sliced) 2 slices
  • Shishito peppers 2 sticks
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 bowl of rice (200g)
  • Flour – appropriate amount
  • Deep frying oil – appropriate amount

Tendon sauce:

  • Water 150cc
  • Japanese granulated soup stock 1/3 teaspoon
  • Soy sauce 3 tablespoons
  • Mirin (sweet cooking sake) 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar 2 tablespoons

Tempura batter:

  • Cold water 200cc
  • Light Flour 200g
  • 1 egg

Step by Step Procedure

  1. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and make additional stripes lengthwise. Remove the shell of prawns, except the tail, and scrub the tails clean.

2. For tendon sauce, put all the seasonings in a pot. Heat and simmer over low heat for 5-6 minutes.

3. Mix cold water and beaten egg in a bowl, and scoop out the foam. Then, gradually add the flour.

4. Lightly dust the ingredients for the tendon with flour and remove excess flour.

5. Dip the ingredients in tempura batter and deep-fry in oil heated to 180°C.

6. Serve rice in a bowl, top with tempura, and top with Tendon sauce.


【Vocabulary List】

KanjiHiraganaEnglish
薄力粉はくりきこFlour
たまごEgg
海老えびPrawn
食用油しょくようゆCooking oil
和風顆粒だしわふうかりゅうだし Japanese granulated soup stock
冷水れいすいCold water
白ごはんはくごはんWhite rice

Where to buy the ingredients for Tendon?

Although Japanese convenience stores have variety of items available, to buy fresh and wider variety of products, visiting grocery stores is a must. Japan offers a variety of grocery store chains where you can easily do most of your grocery shopping. AEON, Seiyu, Ito-Yokado, Life, and Inageya are among them.

  1. Aeon Supermarket

This supermarket is widely available around Japan and world, having about 19,200 stores. One of the big AEON supermarkets in Tokyo are in Shinjuku, Yokohama, and Shinonome near Odaiba. Here is a link to search for nearby AEON stores: https://www.welcome-aeon.com/storesearch/

2. Seiyu

Seiyu is a very popular and well-known supermarket in Japan having more than 300 stores around. Perhaps, you can imagine that there is Seiyu supermarket nearby almost all major train stations in Tokyo. Seiyu offers wide range of products and known for affordable meat availability. Here is a link to search for nearby Seiyu supermarkets: https://www.seiyu.co.jp/searchshop/

3. Ito-Yokado

At Ito-Yakado, you can buy everything including foods and drinks, cosmetics and drugs, living goods, fashion items, and other high-quality products that are only available in Japan. Ito Yokado stores in Tokyo are located in the family-friendly areas on the outskirts of the city. Here is a link to where you can find Ito-Yokado supermarkets in Tokyo. https://www.itoyokado.co.jp/special/global/en/shops/tokyo/

4. Life

Life is one of the largest supermarkets in Japan with easy accessibility. It has variety of both fresh and manufactured goods, so if you are looking for home cook materials, Life supermarket would have most of them available! Here is a link to list of Life supermarkets in Tokyo: http://www.lifecorp.jp/store/syuto/index.html

5. Inageya

Inageya is a prominent grocery brand in Tokyo. They primarily sell groceries but they also sell some kitchen supplies and daily essentials. Therefore, if you need to buy both kitchen tools and groceries, Inageya would be right for you! Here is a link to a list of Inageya supermarkets in Tokyo: https://stores.inageya.co.jp/#PREF13000



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