Fried Maple Leaves Are A Tasty Autumn Snack In Japan
The snack, which seems to be a specialized delicacy from the Osaka area in Japan, is made by frying Japanese maple leaves in tempura batter. The pros in the city of Minoh in North Osaka preserve the leaves for a year in salt barrels, but other recipes don’t seem to demand this lengthy step.
If you want to try making them, simply dip your cleaned and dried (ideally, Japanese) maple leaves in sweetened tempura batter and fry them in hot vegetable oil – maple syrup is optional.
Treasures of our office, mooncake menu from 1954. 「從前蓮蓉月餅尚未流行，家家戶戶去餅舖只為買五仁月，有鹹有甜，那時候是五十年代。謝氏回憶說，最初的五仁月並不正宗，所謂五仁、指的是杏仁、欖仁、合桃、瓜子和芝麻，不過在五十年代初期，其時還沒有太多的果仁舶來品，所以五仁都被換上花生、瓜子肉、芝麻和糖冬瓜頂替。」「行家都不敢稱自己做五仁，極其量只稱呼它為[五仁果子月]。」 舊時單是五仁已有很多花款，最普通的甜味會放糖冬瓜，鹹味則放梅菜。去到六十年年代，人們的一張嘴愈吃愈刁，愈來愈追求多變口味，陸陸續續有五仁玫瑰甜肉月、五仁金腿月、草菇燒雞月、掛爐燒鴨月、豪明夜宴月的出現。 quote from this week’s mpw