1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
4 firm bananas
3 cups vegetable oil
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Combine 1 cup of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Gradually blend in water, beating with a whisk until smooth.
Peel bananas. Cut each banana crosswise into 3 pieces, making a total of 12 pieces. Coat bananas lightly with remaining 1/2 cup flour.
Heat oil in wok over medium high heat until oil reaches 375 degrees F.
Dip banana pieces in batter, coating completely. Cook 4 to 6 banana pieces at a time in the oil until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on absorbent paper.
Serve with ice cream, if desired.
Makes about 4 servings.