Deep-Fried Maple Leaves
WHAT: Momiji Tempura
MADE OF: Maple leaves preserved in salt for at least one year, then dunked in a sweet tempura batter and fried for 10 minutes. The leaf doesn’t have any actual flavor, its primary function to provide a pleasant crunch at the center and to shape the dessert. Since the batter is the sole source of taste, vendors experiment and will add their own special ingredients, such as sesame seeds.
FOUND: Tourist traps in Japan, where else.
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