Also known as cakoi or you char kway across, these fried dough sticks are a breakfast staple in North, East and Southeast Asia
Let's start cooking!
Step 1 - Prepare dough
In a stand mixer with a hook attachment on low speed, add flour, 1 Tbsp milk 2 Tbsp softened butter, ½ tsp salt and 1½ tsp baking powder. Gradually add in water in batches, then allow the mixer to knead the dough for 15 minutes.If you do not have a hook attachment, you can mix and knead by hand as well
Allow the dough to rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Form the dough into a rectangular shape, then cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
After 2 hours, remove from fridge and allow it to come to room temperature.
Step 2 - Form you tiao
- On a floured surface, lay the dough and lightly flour it. Cut 1 inch thick strips, and stack 2 together.
- Using a chopstick, press it down lengthwise to form the characteristic shape of you tiao, and stick the two doughs together.
- Hold both ends of you tiao and pull to a 9 inch length.
Step 3 - Deep fry and serve!
- In a large pot ¾ filled with hot vegetable oil on medium heat, immediately deep-fry youtiao until golden brown and floating, about 3 - 4 minutes. Remove and leave to drain on a paper towel.
Plate and serve!