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Drain the prawns of the oil once they are nicely golden

To prepare the batter, try using ice cold carbonated water and a metal bowl, so that the water temperature remains as cold as possible. Vegetables best suited to this type of frying are aubergine and carrots, while prawn and squid are the most suitable seafood.
The name derives from the Portuguese term ‘tempuras’ meaning ‘Ember days’ when meat was not eaten. Some argue that tempura, despite being a famous dish in Japanese cuisine, actually has European origins, brought to Japan by Portuguese sailors and Christian missionaries.