Tempura Green Beans, Yellow Beans and Tofu
INGREDIENTS FOR BATTER
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 3/4 cups ice water
1 14-ounce package firm tofu
Vegetable oil (for frying)
24 yellow wax beans – trimmed
24 thin green beans – trimmed
Combine first 5 ingredients for the batter in the blender.
Add 1 3/4 cups water and blend until smooth.
Transfer batter to shallow dish.
Cut tofu horizontally into 1/2 inch wide slices.
Cut each slice into 1/2 inch wide logs.
Arrange tofu in single layer on several layers of paper towels.
Cover with paper towels.
Let stand 1 hour.
Pour enough oil into heavy large Dutch oven to reach depth of 3 inches.
Heat oil to 375ÂºF.
Fry until golden, stirring often, about 3 minutes.
Using slotted spoon, transfers per batch. to paper towels; drain.
Repeat with tofu and batter.
Serve beans and tofu with sauce.