Anyway You Like It Tempura

Recently, my friend asked me for a tempura batter recipe. She said that she never gotten it right. Well, neither did I for the first time. This recipe came out from my second trial. I’ve found this recipe somewhere online. I don’t remember the source anymore. But, it’s simple. Honestly, I rather make it myself than buying the “tempura flour” at a supermarket. It’s such a rip off for what it is.

I love shrimp and sweet potato tempuras. They are very easy to make. BUT, the real trick to it is to REALLY follow the order of the recipe. I didn’t follow the recipe order (ingredients order) the first time around, and as a result, I didn’t get a good tempura batter.

This what goes into it:

1 egg
1 cup ice water
1 cup all purpose flour
Tempura sauce (recipe follows)

First, beat an egg in a bowl. Beat well, and add ice water in the bowl. Be sure to use very cold water. Kind of stir the egg and water together. Slowly, add sifted flour in the bowl and mix lightly. Be careful not to overmix the batter.

When done, you can dip shrimp, sweet potatoes, or vegetables into the batter then into hot oil to fry them.




Malasadas Mainland’s Way (soo yummy!!)

Recently, I craved for some malasadas.. It’s a Portuguese donuts I ate often in Hawaii, but without a hole in the middle and it’s deep fried. I know.. I know.. fatty, yet, it’s sinfully good!! I found this malasadas recipe from Ono Kine Grindz.

I was very happy when I found it, that I could finally, make malasadas!, But.. hubby got very pessimistic about how it would taste. So, I tried to make them anyway, and guess what?! It tasted just the same!!!, and hubby admitted it!! LOL.., but don’t be disappointed because this malasadas won’t have the round shape since you are not really shaping it anyway. Well, maybe not as delicious as Leonard’s Bakery in Kapahulu, but what can I do being so far away? This will do!

So, if you are on the mainland, and miss the goodness of malasadas,  give the recipe a try! You won’t regret it!!

1 1/2 cups Bisquick®

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

vegetable oil (for deep frying)

1 cup granulated sugar (or sugar/cinnamon)

brown paper bag

Blend the first 5 ingredients together until smooth and lump free.  Set aside.  This mixture should be almost the same consistency as pancake batter or a little thicker.

Take 5 slices white bread and remove the crusts and cut each slice of bread into 4 squares.

Then, dip the bread into the batter and drop into hot oil, frying until golden brown.  Remove from oil and then place in paper bag filled with sugar.  Shake to coat.



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Loco Moco

At times, I miss loco moco. I know, it’s a funny name for such a good food!! While when I was living in Hawaii, I rarely ate it, but now that I’m away, I often miss it. So, I decided to fix my own loco moco. I’ve found the recipe from Big Island Grinds that I like.

Loco moco is kind of a soulfood in Hawaii. It’s actually a breakfast food, but you can enjoy it pretty much anytime you want. Here’s an easy way to make a quick and yummy loco moco:

Ingredients for 2 big servings:

  • Hamburger Patties
    • 1lb Hamburger (not lean)
    • 1/4 cup grated onions (optional)
    • salt/pepper to taste
  • Gravy
    • 1 can good beef broth- make sure it’s beef broth, not chicken… the taste would be different.
    • flour for thickening
    • 1 tb butter
    • couple dashes (or more) of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 eggs
  • hot cooked white rice

Make patties out of the ground beef. Put in grated onions and salt/pepper. Form either 2 big patties or 4 smaller size patties. Just make sure that the patties are flat.

Heat frying pan until very hot, or grill if you like the smoky taste. Place hamburger patties on the pan/grill and let sear just until juices start appearing on the top. Flip over and cook for a couple more minutes. You will want the burger slightly charred but still tender on the inside.

Place burgers on the side.

Pour a little broth into the same pan and mix in the flour, butter, and the worcestershire sauce.  Mix well then pour in the rest of the broth. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat, and let it simmer for about 3-5 minutes or longer until the gravy is thicken. Add couple dashes of worcestershire sauce. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.

Fry the eggs, sunny side up, set them aside.  Arrange the loco moco. The arrangement is: rice on the bottom, then the patties, eggs, and top with gravy! Put lots of gravy… This what makes loco moco taste so good!!

Enjoy! Don’t forget to serve it with the Mac Salad. Yuuummmm-oooo!!!