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Tempura Green Beans, Yellow Beans And Tofu

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups ice water
  • 6 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons wasabi paste see * Note
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 package firm tofu - (14 oz)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 24 yellow wax beans trimmed
  • 24 thin green beans trimmed

Details

Servings 6

Preparation

Step 1

* Note: Wasabi (horseradish) paste is sold at Japanese markets and some supermarkets.

Combine first 5 ingredients in blender. Add 1 3/4 cups water and blend until smooth. Transfer batter to shallow dish.

Whisk soy sauce, lime juice, wasabi and red pepper in small bowl to blend.

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 375 degrees. Working in batches, dip beans into batter, shake off excess and add to oil. Fry until golden, stirring often, about 3 minutes per batch. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels; drain. Repeat with tofu and batter.

Serve beans and tofu with sauce.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

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