Tidbit du Jour: Tempura Batter

Explore the significance of the wheat-flour batter in tempura, known as 'koromo' meaning 'clothing', as explained by food historian Dr. Naomichi Ishige. Discover how this 'clothing' should be light and translucent, akin to revealing the skin of the wearer, in 'The History and Culture of Japanese Food'.

Food historian Dr. Naomichi Ishige: "The wheat-flour batter [of tempura] is called koromo, which means 'clothing'... The 'clothing' should never be like a blanket covering someone who cannot be identified as male or female, but light and translucent, revealing the skin of the wearer." (From "The History and Culture of Japanese Food")