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A tasty temptation of ‘tenpura’

A La Carte

January 2, 2022

Story By: Jocelyn Lansangan | Photos by: Gyotaku

Colossal Shrimp Tenpura & Sashimi Combo ($31.95)

National Tempura Day is on Jan. 7 and Gyotaku is ready to appease customers’ cravings with its delicious “tenpura” specials. According to president Tom Jones, the correct pronunciation of tempura is actually tenpu-ra. Although when said smoothly, the transition of the “n” and “p” blend to make an “m” sound, which is why it has been written that way by non-Japanese speakers for a long time. Originating in Portugal, tenpura was later introduced to Japan in Nagasaki in the mid-16th century. Gyotaku honors this rich history with a couple of its own tenpura specials.

“Gyotaku is so well known for its tenpura,” says Jones. “We sell more tenpura than any other item on the menu.”

Patrons can enjoy the Colossal Shrimp Tenpura Teishoku ($25.95) served with rice, miso soup and salad. Using three U-15 black tiger shrimp and assorted vegetables, it is then deep-fried in seasoned oil with Gyotaku’s authentic Japanese-style tenpura batter and dipping sauce. This is the same method in which the restaurant prepares its Colossal Shrimp Tenpura & Sashimi Combo ($31.95). This special includes five pieces of ahi sashimi, rice, miso soup and salad.

“Black tiger shrimp are considered the best shrimp with great flavor, texture and color. Try this colossal black tiger shrimp tenpura while supplies last!” recommends Jones.

Gyotaku has locations in Pearl City, Honolulu and Niu Valley. Kids eat free Monday and Tuesday nights for dine-in only, and there is a senior menu available every day, all day for $12.95.

For more information, visit gyotakuhawaii.com.

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