Youtiao is probably one of the most beloved breakfast foods in all of China. This is basically a Chinese cruller. It’s common to see stalls in China selling these wonderful fried sticks of dough.
This is usually served alongside Congee or dumplings and can even be an ingredient for some dishes! The Cantonese translation for this dish literally translates to “oil-fried-devil” and it was used to protest against the Song Dynasty. It’s kind of a weird story, but this food was traditionally shaped as two humans which was joined in the center – to symbolize collaboration. It’s deep fried because that’s what the emperor would’ve done to the couple who took him down!
Serving Size: 6
Prep Time: 14 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
•2 cups all-purpose flour
•1 ½ tsp baking powder
•½ tsp salt
•1 Tbsp. milk
•2 Tbsp. softened butter
•1/3 cup water
1.Using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, mix the flour, egg, salt, baking powder, softened butter, and milk on the lowest setting. Slowly add the water in separate batches. Knead for 15 minutes. You should have a very soft dough that does not stick to the sides. Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
2.Once rested, transfer the dough on a floured surface and form into a long, flat shape. It should be about ¼” thick and 4” wide. Wrap the dough, making sure that it is completely covered. Refrigerate for 12 hours.
3.Once chilled, take out the dough and let sit until room temperature. Bring your oil to 400F. While preheating the oil, unwrap the dough and flour the top side to avoid sticking. Cut into 1” wide strips, then stack in two. Press the center with chopsticks, lengthwise. Stretch the dough by holding two ends of each piece and stretch into 9” long ropes.
4.Fry the sticks of dough two at a time, continuously flipping in the oil using chopsticks.