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Recipe: Tasty Youtiao/Chinese Fried Long Donuts/Cakwe


Youtiao/Chinese Fried Long Donuts/Cakwe. This homemade Chinese doughnut is vegan-friendly and only involves a few basic ingredients. It has a variety of names such as you tiao in Chinese, cakwe / yau char kwai or patongko or bánh quẩy in different Southeast Asian countries, and literally Chinese crullers or deep-fried breadstick. Youtiao (油条), also known as Chinese fried dough or Chinese crullers, is a breakfast favorite in China.

Youtiao/Chinese Fried Long Donuts/Cakwe Easy Chinese Doughnut Recipe (Crisp Fried Breadstick) Youtiao, or Chinese Doughnuts, are a traditional Chinese favorite for breakfast. This ancient food is made from a pasta dough formed into long strips and deep fried. You can have Youtiao/Chinese Fried Long Donuts/Cakwe using 8 ingredients and 12 steps. Here is how you cook it.

Ingredients of Youtiao/Chinese Fried Long Donuts/Cakwe

  1. You need 400 gr of all purpose flour.
  2. Prepare 1.5 tsp of salt.
  3. It’s 0.5 tsp of sugar.
  4. You need 1 tbs of baking powder.
  5. You need 0.5 tsp of baking soda.
  6. You need 1 of sdt garlic powder.
  7. Prepare 270 gr of water.
  8. It’s of Canola oil as needed to coat the dough.

I've attempted to make these scrumptious doughnuts many times, sometimes succeeding. Youtiao is also known as Chinese oil stick or Chinese cruller is a traditional Chinese breakfast. Since Youtiao is deep-fried, so it is not so popular as the old days. But it can always bring happy memories.

Youtiao/Chinese Fried Long Donuts/Cakwe instructions

  1. Mix well the dry ingredients. Pour in the water..
  2. Knead the dough until it feels soft. Coat the dough with oil..
  3. Put the dough in a bowl then cover the bowl with plastic wrap..
  4. Leave the dough in room temperature for 4 to 6 hours or put it in the fridge overnight..
  5. In the morning, take out the dough and let it sit on the counter (wrapped) for 1 – 2 hours until the dough is back to room temperature and VERY soft to the touch. This step is very important because when the dough is not in room temperature, it won't fry up properly..
  6. Gently flip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and sprinkle very lightly flour the top side of the dough also..
  7. Roll out the dough to get about 1/4 in thick (about 4 in wide). Cut the the dough into 1 x 4 in strips (try to cut an even number of strips). Dip a chopstick in the water then press the center of one strip lengthwise. Put another strip on top of it then press the center (lengthwise) with a chopstick..
  8. Preheat the oil to fry until is very hot over medium heat..
  9. Hold the two ends of each piece and gently stretch the dough to a 7 to 8-inch long rope..
  10. Then put it in the hot oil. As soon as the dough floats, roll the dough in a continuous motion for about a minute by using chopsticks or tongs..
  11. The youtiao is done once they turn light golden brown..
  12. Repeat step 10, 11, 12 for the remaining dough..

We ate youtiao and soy milk almost every day when I was. After the holiday, Chinese doughnut sticks (Youtiao, 油条) became one of the specialities that they miss and crave most. A comforting breakfast staple loved by many, Chinese doughnut sticks (Youtiao) are light, airy and pleasantly chewy. This recipe is from Nanjing, China but variations are made all over the county. In some regions of China, it's enjoyed with a piping hot Twist together in pairs, pinching the ends.


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