green & white asparagus tempura

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  tbd
servings:  4

ponzu sauce ingredients:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon rice vinegar

tempura ingredients:
4 stalks gree asparagus - trimmed and sliced in half on a bias
4 stalks white asparagus - trimmed and sliced in half on a bias
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 sparkling water
vegetable oil

ponzu steps:
1.  combine soy sauce, lemon juice, mirin and vinegar.  mix well.

tempura steps:
1.  add vegetable oil to a large pot and heat to 375 degrees.  place rice flour in a medium mixing bowl.  slowly incorporate the sparkling water into the flour while mixing,.  mix just until smooth.

2.  dip the aspargus in the batter to coat.  fry, in batches if necessary, for about 2 minutes, until crisp and golden.  drain on paper towels and season lightly with sea salt.  serve immediately with lemon wedges and ponzu.

- goop, april 2013

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