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Tempura Daikokuya – The Place Which Introduced Tendon To The World!

By Wilbur Suen

There’s no shortage of tempura restaurants in Japan but this is worth mentioning! Located just beside the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa is Tempura Daikokuya!


The facade itself won’t indicate that this a restaurant which you should check out. But now that you know, you can’t just walk past it.


We were seated on the second level and there were both tourists and locals enjoying their bowl of tendon.


It is said that Tempura Daikokuya is the first place that introduced Tendon in Japan. Tendon simply means tempura served on a bowl of rice.

Tempura Daikokuya started operations in 1887 and specialised in soba noodles before switching to selling tempura which happened to be their top-seller.


The tendon menu here is quite straight forward with 3 options:

Tendon 1 – 1 prawn, 1 mixed-tempura & 1 kisu fish

Tendon 2 – 2 prawns & 1 mixed-tempura

Ebi-Tendon – 4 Prawns

I went with Ebi-Tendon since I’m not really into vegetables.

You must be wondering why the tempura is so dark and black. It’s actually the speciality here, the secret sauce called “Kaeshi”. Its a secret recipe which consists of ingredients such as soy, sugar, mirin and dried bonito broth.

It might look salty but the taste is actually quite mild. The prawns here are big and will definitely make your meal a filling one! The only thing I wished for was for a crispier tempura. Of course, you have an option to have tempura without the rice though.

Other than that, it surely was a good tempura meal, one of the best in Japan!

[Tokyo] Tempura Daikokuya

Wilbur Suen

Wilbur Suen is the brainchild of Wilbur Suen. He is based in Singapore but loves Bangkok so much that he keeps returning. He loves travelling, eating, technology and has high standards for them. In his free time, he will be sourcing for new places to visit so that he can document and share. Try to catch him in Bangkok eating local dishes, enjoying aromatherapy spa or chilling at a rooftop bar.

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