Lenten Foods: Japanese Tempura

By: Deacon Marques Silva

“Some have suggested that the word tempura comes from the Latin Quatuor Tempora (“four times”), a name for the Ember Days, penitential days marking the changing of the seasons. The tradition of abstaining from meat on those days each quarter was brought to Japan by Spanish and Portuguese missionaries. When this European Christian tradition met a Japanese culinary tradition, a deep-fried seafood and vegetable dish was born: tempura!”[1]

tempura

 

So, this Lent, eat some Tempura…a food born out of our Catholic Christian tradition!


[1] Klein, Rev. Peter, The Catholic Source Book (Harcourt Religion Publishers, 2000) p. 92

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