What was originally a dish borrowed from Portuguese cuisine has been turned into a Japanese staple. I mentioned in a previous post that the idea of tempura was inspired by the Portuguese peixinhos da horta, which was a dish of vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried. In time, the Japanese adopted this method of cooking and combined tempura with the donburi method of serving rice. Now, many tempura restaurants from Japan have emerged – each with their own take on the tempura donburi, or tendon. Today’s post features three tendon bowls I tried out. Absolutely no meat, I tell you!


The Original Kohaku Tendon from Tendon Kohaku is comprised of chicken breast, wild tiger prawns, squid, crab stick, asparagus, shiitake mushroom, young corn, and pumpkin. A good combination of protein and vegetables!


This Jo Tendon from Tenya Tempura Tendon does not scrimp on toppings. Two pieces of tiger prawn, one crab stick, and an assortment of vegetables — green beans, sweet potato, and eggplant — make this Asakusa restaurant a favorite.


Lastly, the Ebi Tempura Don from Inari by Hamaru is unique because of its use of black rice. Coupled with an assortment of toppings such as prawn, sweet potato, green onion, and eggplant – one bowl is more than enough for this heavy eater!


That ends this rather short triptych; until the next post!

216 – On Tendon Tenacity: Triptych 33

12 thoughts on “216 – On Tendon Tenacity: Triptych 33

  1. U know what? I love the food here so much that I gained over 5 lbs in 2 months and I always always forget to take photos at the restaurant. It is a very busy place.. mahiya kang magbagal at magpicture picture. 😝 Nice to see u here again

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  2. “Lucky” are those who are allergic to seafood, like me and my boyfriend, for they will be miserable after eating them. Honestly, I have never tried eating any of these after my early childhood allergy. And yet, sila yung sobrang sasarap na mga pagkain! 😦

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      • I haven’t told you or anyone about this yet – may consequence din yung pagkain ko ng seafood. Sa balat ko nagre-reflect yung negative effect niyan; I have eczema / allergy patches sa bandang paa ko, with a prominent one at my inner right ankle. Naitatago naman ng medyas so keri lang.

        Mas vigilant lang talaga dapat, especially sa case mo – since consuming allergens can trigger anaphylactic shock, which is very, very dangerous.

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