Sushiyama Snapshot: Momiji Tempura


Momiji Tempura, purchased on the side of the trail at Minoo Park in Osaka

This was a first for me this year. This treat is called Momiji Tempura (もみじ天ぷら) aka fried maple leaf. Yes, it’s an actual maple leaf fried in batter, and the result is a greasy, sweet biscuit whose taste resembles a sturdier, crunchier, and more mild fortune cookie. To my knowledge, these are an autumn specialty in Japan to celebrate the changing colors of the leaves. I imagine you could find these for sale along any hiking trail with heavy foot traffic, but these I got from a snack stall on the side of the trail in Minoo Park in northern Osaka.

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