Tempura Green Beans, Yellow Beans and Tofu

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 375ºF.

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.