Tenkasu (天かす, lit. "Tempura waste")[1] are crunchy bits of deep fried flour-batter used in Japanese cuisine, specifically in dishes such as soba, udon, takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Hot plain soba and udon with added tenkasu are called tanuki-soba and tanuki-udon (haikara-soba and haikara-udon in Kansai region).

Close up of tenkasu.
Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsBatter
A bowl of Tanuki-soba

They are also called agedama (揚げ玉, literally "fried ball"). According to the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, 68% Japanese called it tenkasu and 29% called it agedama in 2003. Tenkasu is more common in western Japan and agedama is more common in eastern Japan.

See also


  1. Inada, Sanae (2012). Limocu, Jolene (ed.). Simply Onigiri: fun and creative recipes for Japanese rice balls. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International. p. 56. ISBN 978-981-4484-95-4.

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