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The Rise and Fall of Ebi Tempura
March 17, 2011, 3:23 am
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I love to eat but am a very picky eater. If there is something I do not like about certain foods, which is most usually the smell or some obscure thing about it, I will most probably not eat it. When it comes to food that I really like, however, no matter how badly formed it is, if I decide that I like it, I will really go for it.

Because I am a picky eater, when I find food that I really like, I keep having it and having it until I reach my point of stauration in which case I move on to some new found love. I figure, if I really like something, I might as well enjoy it as much as I can while I still like it or while I have access.

This was the case with ebi tempura.

I’ve always loved shrimp. It’s one of my favorite basic ingredients and I would eat almost anything with shrimp in it. This carried on to my choice in Japanese Food.

I loved ebi tempura. My whole clan knew that I loved ebi tempura so much so that everytime we would go to eat at a Japanese restaurant, my order was always made without a need to consult me first. I didn’t need to say a thing. It was a given already. At most, I would order something on the side but the ebi tempura was a constant.

This went of for years and years. I cannot even recall when I started eating it but for as long as I can remember, I have always tried to eat my weight in ebi tempura.

Recently, well, recently as in maybe about two years ago, I started diverging from my norm.

My family went to a Japanese restaurant and I stared down at the menu looking at an interesting dish that had caught my eye. It has a pretty picture and the description sounded wonderful. My mother looked at me to confirm my order and I said “katsudon”. She spoke to the waiter and ordered me one serving of tempura and one of katsudon to which I corrected her, stating I only wanted the katsudon. She asked me unbelievingly if I was sure and I confirmed. Even when the waiter left, she asked it I was sure and again when the food came, if I wanted to order tempura. I said no

We were with my uncles, aunts, and cousins, and they were all quite surprised at what I had ordered. It wasn’t until then that I realized that I had always been ordering ebi tempura but they talked about my lack of it like it was a big deal and I found this kind of funny.

I haven’t had ebi tempura in a while. I have this feeling that it’s been replaced by katsudon since that’s pretty much what I order all the time now but it hasn’t quite sunk into me yet that that is my “favorite” order. I suppose I’m still open for auditions for the next ebi tempura replacement.

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