Tempura Tendon Tenya: Japan's affordable tendon chain opens first store in the Philippines

Tempura Tendon Tenya, Japan's affordable tendon chain, recently opened its first store in the Philippines,  located in SM Megamall.

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Tenya hails from Asakusa, Tokyo, and is one of the biggest tendon chains in Japan popular for its reasonably priced tempura bowls. Authentic tempura, according to Tenya's website (www.tenya.co.jp), is achieved by the restaurant by proper batter and frying process: batter is light and crunchy, while keeping the fried ingredients juicy on the inside.

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Tendon is short for tempura donburi, a bowl of tempura over a bed of rice (don in Japanese), and Tenya's bowls come with a topping of sweet don tare sauce. All Tendon orders at Tenya Philippines are served with miso soup. For budget eating, three tendon bowls are priced below P300:  The basic bowl of Tendon (P265 - prawn, squid, kitsu, green beans, sweet potato), Seafood Kakiage (P285 - prawn, green beans), and Chicken Mayo (P285 - chicken strips, green beans, corn kernels). Other Tendon dishes include Asakusa Special (P325 - 3 prawns and green beans), All-Star (P345 - prawn, squid, salmon, kani, green beans, mushroom), and Jo Tendon (P325 - 2 prawns, kani, green beans, sweet potato, eggplant).

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For a heftier meal, diners have the option to enjoy the tempura in Teishoku sets instead of Tendon bowls. Teishoku sets are served with Japanese rice, potato salad, miso soup, ten tsuyu, pickles and radish--an upgrade from the regular tendon menu. Not a rice fan? Noodles with your tempura is also available in the Soba/Udon sets, all of which come with ten tsuyu, ginger, and choice of udon or soba served hot or cold. Tenya's tempura items can also be ordered a la carte as Tempura Basket, if customers want to skip the additional starches and sides altogether.

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Tenya Philippines' first branch is located at the 4th level, Building A of SM Megamall. Like Tenya Philippines in Facebook (/TenyaPhilippines) and follow on Instagram (@tenyaph).

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