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Agemono Goes Well With Anything

On days when you can't decide...

Agemono – it’s pretty much the generic Japanese term for all sorts of fried foods, though I’m quite sure it specifically refers to deep-fried dishes such as karaage (Japanese-style battered fried chicken), and tempura.  On their own, these things can be quite cloying; but when paired with a number of other things, these can be quite sublime.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • Karaage udon at Komoro Soba I haven’t eaten at KS in ages, but I have fond memories of their deliciously savory karaage.  These boneless chicken thigh fillets are marinated in a mix of light soy sauce, mirin, and a bit of sesame oil before being dipped in a tempura-style batter and deep fried till beautifully burnished.  Cooked in such a manner, the chicken is the perfect thing to eat with a bowl of thick white udon noodles in a light shoyu broth;
  • Tempura ramen (shown above) at Kitaro Possibly not the commercial ramen bowl of choice, but if the batter-fried prawns are crisp and eaten before they go soggy, it’s quite good;
  • Tonkatsu sandwiches at JiPan Yes, they actually slice up a whole tonkatsu and stick it in between slices of buttered white bread with some shredded white cabbage and some Bulldog sauce.  These look like delicate tea-party bites, but they’re actually quite hearty;
  • Aji sushi over at Yoshi’s Japanese Deli These are actually inari zushi – sushi rice stuffed into pockets of deep-fried tofu which are then braised in a sweetish soy sauce.  They are, to me, a perfect little snack.

So, what’s your favorite deep-fried Japanese dish?  😉



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

One thought on “Agemono Goes Well With Anything

  1. i love those tonkatsu sandwiches too! but my fave japanese fried food would have to be fried camembert cheese. ^__^

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