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Suggestions of what to serve with rock shrimp tempura?

The little suckers are on sale on Fresh Direct, so I'm going to try to fry up a batch and serve with a spicy mayo sauce, alongside an Asian spinach salad. Does anyone have a suggestion for a third element to the meal? I'm stumped as to what would be a complement. Thank you!

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  1. Some soba noodles perhaps, especially cold with a dashi based dipping sauce. If you can find some sashimi grade tuna, one of my wife's favorites is to sear it (for mere moments) and serve it with some toasted sesame seeds and ponzu sauce.

    Whatever the 3rd element, it sounds like a great meal!

    1. Why not cut up some other veggies or potatoes or sweet potatoes and make tempura with them.

      1. In terms of the sauce - I don't know if this is what you've had in mind in terms of spice, but I've had a lovely horseradish sauce with rock shrimp tempura in a restaurant.

        1. I'm surprised no one else suggested this, but rice. You could also make some veggies to add to the tempura. Green beans, sweet potatoes, and onions are pretty standard. I also favor the more traditional tempura sauce to a mayo base. It's just mirin, dashi and soy sauce usually.

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          1. re: lisaf

            I was thinking along the same lines. I would use the shrimp to make larb and serve it with sticky rice.

          2. Thanks, hounds! (Kind of can't believe rice didn't occur to me before...)

            1. Actually, I was in Chicago this past weekend and went to Blue Water Grill for some oysters (I like Ocean Grill in Manhattan) and they had one item that I've never seen before in other Steve Hanson restaurants, or maybe I've missed it my whole life.

              Rock Shrimp Tempura rolls with spicy mayo - wow, they were to die for! not your normal roll, they were actually wrapped in a wrap similar to a very thin crepe, some sushi rice, the shrimp tempura and spicy mayo and avocado... so simple and oh so good.

              1. Curious, how much are they regularly on freshdirect? Just wondering if I should stock up now, which comes to my second question, do they freeze well?

                1. Hey Joli--they're $9.99 a pound, marked down from $14.99. and i would guess they can be frozen, since most come flash frozen anyway.
                  P.S. I ended up making a sushi rice with edamame and a little rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. A big hit!

                  1. That is a great deal. I think I'm going to stock up and freeze them.