Japanese Squash Soup with Vegetable Tempura

By Simon Braz

For 2 People
Gluten, Fish. Might contains traces of shellfish and crustacean.

Utensils & Essentials

2 saucepans, including one with a lid, medium sized bowl, slotted spoon, hand whisk, KitchenAid Blender, deep frying pan, crushed ice, vegetable oil to fry, salt and pepper.


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Allergens: Gluten, Fish. Might contains traces of shellfish and crustacean.

For the soup:
  • 1/2 butternut squash, diced
  • 1/2 sweet potato, diced
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1lt dashi stock
  •  bonito flakes to garnish
For the tempura:
  • 4 tenderstem broccoli 
  • 70g corn flour 
  • 30g plain flour 
  • crushed ice (not included)
  • 80ml sparkling water (not included)
  •  vegetable oil for frying (not included)

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How to make

Japanese Squash Soup with Tempura Vegetables
Place the stock into a saucepan to heat.  
In a large saucepan, warm the olive oil to a low-to-medium heat.
In a separate pan add the diced onions and garlic with a splash of oil and cook slowly, untill soft but with no colour.
Add the diced squash & sweet potato and the thyme to the pan with the onions and garlic; cover with a lid for a few minutes then add the hot stock and season with salt and pepper. Allow this to simmer on a medium to high heat untill the squash is soft.
To make the tempura batter, add the corn flour and plain flour to a bowl and add the sparkling water and whisk: it will be quite thick. Then add half a handful of crushed ice.
Pour some vegetable oil into a shallow frying pan and bring to the heat (BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL AS THIS WILL GET VERY HOT). Once the oil is hot enough, simply put a few drops of the batter in to test it: if it bubbles and floats straight away it's ready. If you have a sugar thermometer, it needs to be about 180C.
Carefully place them into the oil to deep fry, making sure to keep their shape. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until they're crispy and golden. Set aside.
Now add the tenderstem brocolli to the batter and evenly coat, then fry in the oil (make sure to place the items in the fryer and drop them in away from you so as not to splash yourself with oil). Once the vegetables are covered and crispy, remove carefully with a slotted spoon and place onto a tray with a paper towel to remove the excess oil before serving. 
Season the yoghurt with black pepper, salt and cumin powder to taste, mix well, then leave to one side.
Blitz the soup in the KitchenAid Blender, season and serve. Topped with bonito flakes, alongside your tempura vegetables.