Chicken tender tempura with perilla and pickled plum 笹身の梅肉とシソ入り天ぷら

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I mentioned this dish in the previous post of Ume-Shiso Rolled Chiken 梅しそ巻きFinally, I had a chance to make it. This is a classic flavor combination of chicken, pickled plum “umeboshi”  and perilla or “shiso” 青じそ. This is such a perfect combination of the flavors. You need a cold sake for this dish.

I use chicken tenders. Remove the sinew which runs on one end in the center from the tender. From the side, cut a slit which encompasses 60-70% of the length of the tender (make sure not to cut through). Remove the meat (or fruit) from “umeboshi” and chop it finely to make a kind of paste (“bainiku” 梅肉). Spread the the paste inside the slit your made in the chicken tender. Cover the open side with one or two perilla leaves (depending on it’s size). Dip it into tempura batter and deep fry until done (2-3 minutes). For tempura batter, I just used cake flour with cold water. I also made Perilla tempura by dipping only one side of the perilla leaf in the tempura batter (it just looks better this way) for garnish. You do not need any sauce with this dish since it has the strong flavor of the pickle plum but I served this with a lemon wedge and a powdered green tea/salt  mixture 抹茶塩 (green stuff on the right in the above picture).

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