In this episode Recipes Shrimp Tempura Japanese chefs spend years learning how to create a light, crisp coating on these quick-fried fritters. We turned to a different secret weapon: the liquor cabinet. Taste Tests Mirin This Japanese rice wine has a subtle salty-sweet flavor prized in Asian marinades and glazes. Does brand make a difference? Recipes Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps Making this light but bold-flavored Thai specialty isn’t a matter of rounding up a lot of exotic ingredients. The problem is as familiar as it gets: ensuring tender, juicy pork. Equipment Reviews Mortars and Pestles We were crushed (so to speak) to learn that our favorite mortar and pestle had been discontinued. But at least we knew what to look for in a new pick.