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Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

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Tempura consists of seafood, vegetables, mushrooms, or meat coated with batter and deep fried. The resulting food has a light, but crispy texture, that may be seasoned with salt or dipped in a light sauce before eating. Tempura was introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and has developed over the centuries into a popular Japanese dish both inside and outside of Japan.


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