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Agemono: Fried Foods
Age (fried) + mono (things) = deep(-fried) satisfaction
Agemono is anything fried in oil, whether battered or bare. While tempura, chicken karaage (Japanese fried chicken) and agedashi tofu are popular Japanese deep-fried foods, deep-frying is not a traditional Japanese cooking technique. Actually, agemono was a technique adopted by Japanese military dieticians trying to increase their troops’ caloric intake! So yes, agemono is fattening, but it’s also delicious. And remember, in a Japanese meal, portion sizes are small (and by small, I mean one or two bites) and accompanied by other healthy stuff. So go ahead and give it a try – I guarantee you won’t feel greasy, just happy.

Recipe: Agedashi Tofu

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