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Youtiao (Chinese fried dough sticks)

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Xueci Cheng

Associate Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

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“Breakfast in China may vary from region to region, but youtiao, fried sticks of dough, can be found all over at breakfast stall's around the country. They're crispy on the outside, and fluffy and soft on the inside. My favorite way to eat youtiao is to dip them into hot soy milk, like the French dip their croissants in black coffee. But you can also pair them with congee or soup, as long as they are freshly fried! If you don’t want to rest the dough overnight, you can let it rest at room temperature for 2 hours.”

Difficulty

Easy 👌
25
min.
Preparation
0
min.
Baking
510
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-4+
500 g flour
4 g baking soda
6 g baking powder
8 g salt
220 ml milk
20 ml vegetable oil
oil (for greasing)
soy milk (for serving)
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • fine sieve
  • bowl (large)
  • kitchen towel
  • plastic wrap
  • chopsticks
  • pot (large)
  • paper towels
  • plate

Nutrition per serving

Cal
782
Protein
15 g
Fat
36 g
Carb
99 g
  • Step 1/5

    Set a fine sieve over a large bowl. Sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder into the bowl. Add salt, milk, and vegetable oil and mix into a smooth dough. If the dough is too dry, add a splash more milk. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for approx. 30 min.
    • 500 g flour
    • 4 g baking soda
    • 6 g baking powder
    • 8 g salt
    • 220 ml milk
    • 20 ml vegetable oil
    • fine sieve
    • bowl (large)
    • kitchen towel

    Set a fine sieve over a large bowl. Sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder into the bowl. Add salt, milk, and vegetable oil and mix into a smooth dough. If the dough is too dry, add a splash more milk. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for approx. 30 min.

  • Step 2/5

    Coat rested dough with some more vegetable oil, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let rest in the fridge overnight, approx. 8 hrs.
    • oil (for greasing)
    • plastic wrap

    Coat rested dough with some more vegetable oil, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let rest in the fridge overnight, approx. 8 hrs.

  • Step 3/5

    Remove from fridge and let rested dough come up to room temperature. On a clean work surface, divide into equal halves. Use a rolling pin to form each half into a long rectangle, approx. 1/3 in. / 1 cm thick. Slice into pieces, approx. 1 in. / 3 cm wide. Take one piece and press the center with a chopstick to create a deep impression, lengthwise. Top with another piece of dough and use the chopstick again to stick the pieces together. You can use a wooden skewer instead of a chopstick, if desired. Repeat with all the dough.
    • chopsticks

    Remove from fridge and let rested dough come up to room temperature. On a clean work surface, divide into equal halves. Use a rolling pin to form each half into a long rectangle, approx. 1/3 in. / 1 cm thick. Slice into pieces, approx. 1 in. / 3 cm wide. Take one piece and press the center with a chopstick to create a deep impression, lengthwise. Top with another piece of dough and use the chopstick again to stick the pieces together. You can use a wooden skewer instead of a chopstick, if desired. Repeat with all the dough.

  • Step 4/5

    Heat a large pot of vegetable oil. Insert a wooden skewer into the oil, when lots of small bubbles form around the skewer, the oil is ready for frying. Stretch one dough stick to about double the length and gently add to the hot oil. Use chopsticks to gently turn the dough stick as it fries and floats to the top.
    • pot (large)

    Heat a large pot of vegetable oil. Insert a wooden skewer into the oil, when lots of small bubbles form around the skewer, the oil is ready for frying. Stretch one dough stick to about double the length and gently add to the hot oil. Use chopsticks to gently turn the dough stick as it fries and floats to the top.

  • Step 5/5

    Once golden brown all over, remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with all the dough sticks. Serve youtiao with soy milk, for dipping, Enjoy!
    • soy milk (for serving)
    • paper towels
    • plate

    Once golden brown all over, remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with all the dough sticks. Serve youtiao with soy milk, for dipping, Enjoy!