In a deep saucepan, pour enough vegetable oil to come about 2 to 3 inches up the side of the pan. Heat oil to 365 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, egg, water, milk, sugar and salt with a whisk, whisking until just blended. Working in batches, drop batter into oil a tablespoon at a time, taking care not to overcrowd the pan and bring the oil temperature down too much. Fry hush puppies until cooked through and golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Let oil return to 365 degrees F between batches.
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