Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Youtiao/Chinese Cruller/Chinese Oil Stick

This week's posts are going to be Chinese foods, if you are a follower of my blog, you might know about my love for Chinese cuisine and their delicious foods. Am kickstarting this week's blogging marathon with Youtiao, fried breadsticks as i picked Chinese dishes you can make at home as theme. These bread sticks are simple to make and its completely yeast free, eventhough some Chinese cruller aka bread sticks calls for yeast. Youtiao is literally means 'Oil fried Ghost',and this recipe have a story behind it. History says that Mr and Mrs Qin were the most hated couple during the time of Song Dynasty. Since Chinese people have hated the Qins so much, they have made this breadsticks as they want to deep fry them and dunk them into warm sweetened soyamilk.Coming to this Youtiao recipe, this bread sticks are eaten by Chinese peoples everyday either for their breakfast, as a snack or as a starter in many resautrants.

Youtiao, Chinese Bread Sticks

Though yeasted youtiao dough do exists, my today's post is completely yeast free. Yes this baking powder version is quite easy to handle. The inflation of Youtiao is due to carbon dioxide and ammonia released by the baking powder after the chemical reactions. Hence this bread sticks when fried makes excellent airy Youtiao and shaping this deep fried bread sticks calls for overlaying two pieces together, press a mark in the center and frying them slowly in hot oil helps a lot to expands continously with the effects of the gas.

Chinese OIl Sticks,Youtiao

Recipe Source: China Sichuan Food
2cups All purpose flour
1tsp Baking powder
1/2tsp Baking soda
1/2cup Milk
2tbsp Oil
1/2tsp Salt
Oil for deep frying

Take all the ingredients together in a bowl and knead well until it turns smooth. Knead for 10minutes until the dough turns elastic, shape it as a ball.

Wrap it and keep in fridge for overnight.

Next day morning, bring the dough to the room temperature (it may takes atleast 2hours).

Dust a slightly a board and shape the dought into a rectangle. Now cut the rectangle as strips around 3cm wide.

Lay one strip over an another strip, give a press lengthwise with a chopstick.

Youtiao, Chinese Oil Sticks

Meanwhile, heat oil for deepfrying, now hold the two ends of the strops, slightly twist so that they can stick together.

Drop the strips into the oil. Fry on every side until its turns golden brown.

Remove the excess of oil with a paper towel.

Serve with soyamilk.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#72


MySpicyKitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Deep fried headed bread looks amazing.

MySpicyKitchen said... Reply To This Comment

I mean yeast free bread.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Wow you surely find such wonderful dishes Priya..very new to me..thanks..

Sharmila kingsly said... Reply To This Comment

Such a yummy way of making bread.. Lovely Share Priya.. I should try it out soon..

rajani said... Reply To This Comment

A new recipe for me, Priya.

Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

A new recipe Priya,looks yummy.

Jayashree said... Reply To This Comment

You've posted so many unique recipes, Priya. Love all the information you've shared.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

I have seen videos on making these bread sticks. You have made it perfect, Priya. Looks so yum..

Smruti Ashar said... Reply To This Comment

I had these Chinese Donuts at a cafe some time ago. So amazed to see you can make them so beautifully at home!! :)

veena said... Reply To This Comment

wow. I am in love with the clicks. Wonderful dish Priya

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

interesting to read the history behind the recipe :)

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

You are dishing out very unique baked goodies, Priya!! Awesome!

cookingwithsapana said... Reply To This Comment

So soft and tasty looking bread.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

They look so awesome. How can I never find dishes like this when searching?

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

That is a great looking dish. Looks amazing.

preeti garg said... Reply To This Comment

Look awesome and very new for me.. bookmarked.