You Tiao

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Also known as cakoi or you char kway across, these fried dough sticks are a breakfast staple in North, East and Southeast Asia

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Dough in rectangular shape on a chopping board

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.

Chopsticks pressing on dough

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.
Youtiao in pot with oil

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.
Great dipped in tau suan (sweet mung bean dessert), bak kut teh (herbal pork rib soup) and even congee!

Plate and serve!

Dough sticks with egg and coffee

Serve hot.

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