Tokyo Tempura

Met up with yet another one of my former students today. He was a member of the so-called “Gokusen Class” back when I was handling them. For those of you who are not familiar with the anime, Gokusen was about this teacher in an exclusive school, who was assigned to a class of delinquent boys. That was how I would describe the section of Mickey Wieneke. Mickey, though, was probably one of the rarest students who would be in class 15 minutes before I arrived (and to think I’d always be 15 minutes early back then), so he always got a bonus point for it.

Fast forward several years later, and he is now in this ebi tempura business:

Tokyo Tempura was actually a spin-off of his dad’s business Jap-OK! Instead of a full-blown restaurant, however, the concept is quite similar to those shomayans (xiu mai food carts) you see in malls and MRT/LRT stations.

When he first posted about this business in Facebook some time back, the locations of his stalls were in Quezon City. Very far. Thank goodness he expanded!

That’s Mickey up there. We agreed to meet at the Cash and Carry branch, which is just walking distance from where I live. The stall sits right in front of Timezone. How appropriate because we ended up discussing about video games as we were catching up.

This is my first order of the day, 4 pieces of tempura for about P49. Not bad! They have their own sauce, which I think caters more to Pinoy taste. I think it’s brilliant, how they’re targeting customers. This really is meant for students on a budget and people who are looking for quick bites of delicious shrimp.

We discussed about how they’re also helping (shrimp) growers. These are white shrimp, not the big ones (tiger prawn) we usually order from authentic Japanese restaurants. The basic orders cost about P49 for 4 pieces, P69 for 6 pieces and P99 for 9 pieces.

Aaand I bought this for lunch, which I took home:

The rice meal, which consists of 4 pieces of tempura and a cup of rice, costs P79. For someone like me who has a constant craving for tempura but would not always have the budget for the authentic tiger prawn ones in expensive Japanese restaurant, this is perfect! They’re small but you can see that they’re not all batter.

They already have 15 branches metrowide, though their Tokyo Tempura Facebook page currently lists 10:
1. Sta Lucia Metro East (Old building)
2. Malabon City Square
3. PGH
4. Shopwise Alabang ( within Festival mall)
5. Rustan’s Pontevia
6. UP Diliman, Area 2 J.P Laurel St.
7. Robinson’s Ermita
8. Robinson’s Galleria
9. MRT Edsa Central
10. Cash and Carry (2nd floor food court area infront of the video game arcade)

I told his assistant and his friend that Mickey is one of my more diligent students, though it isn’t really obvious if you just look at him. I’m so happy that he seems to be successful in this venture so far, though of course, I would still like to support him via this blog because not everyone can easily spot the Cash and Carry stall. So proud of you, Mickey! Keep up the good work!

I swear, this is one of the best things about being a college/university professor: seeing your students reaping the rewards of their hard work.


  1. Kate Navasero

    May 9, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Must try this out soon. I saw this stall a few months back but didnt bother trying it, well that is until i read your blog. XD

  2. skysenshi

    May 9, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I like snacking on them. Their sauce is panlasang Pinoy so it's a little bit different from what we're used to.

  3. Mom-Friday

    May 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Wow I'm impressed! And the price is so low for shrimps! 🙂 winner for students and office workers.

  4. skysenshi

    May 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Yup! I think the idea is brilliant. There are days when I want authentic but there are days when I want something simple and affordable. Win win di ba?

  5. Kate Navasero

    May 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    They have to compromise i guess. As long as its good, its a win

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