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Why "soda water", in the sentence above my red heart?

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Seafood Basics: 86 Recipes Illustrated Step by Step (2012) by Abi Fawcett, Deirdre Rooney.

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    The common element is carbonation. If you don't have beer (or don't want to use it) you can substitute soda water.
    – csk
    Jan 20, 2021 at 6:58
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    It actually says "or". Also baking soda can be used if no beer nor soda water are around.
    – Alchimista
    Jan 21, 2021 at 17:08

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The carbonation in soda water (or beer...or the use of a whipping siphon) is added so that the batter becomes more "airy", leading to a lighter and crispier final result after frying.

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