Vegetarian Planet Asparagus Wasabi Tempura

Total Time
20 mins
6 mins

This is from my favorite vegetarian cookbook, "Vegetarian Planet" by Didi Emmons. This tempura is light, flavorful, and I think, perfect. The original recipe is used with asparagus ... but this makes kickin' onion rings as well!

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  1. Combine flour, cornstarch, salt, sugar, baking powder, ginger and wasabi powder.
  2. Add water and beer to the flour mixture; whisk slowly until smooth.
  3. In a saucepan or skillet at least 8 inches in diameter, heat oil over medium high heat.
  4. Test oil by dropping in 1/2 teaspoon of batter.
  5. If it bubbles and fizzes right away, oil is hot enough.
  6. Dip an asparagus spear into the batter, then carefully into the hot oil.
  7. Add 7 more, and fry them all 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, remove them to a paper towel-lined plate.
  9. Repeat with remaining 8 asparagus spears.
  10. Serve immediately.