Youtiao, also called crisp Chinese crullers or deep fried bread sticks, are traditional breakfast almost all over China. They are normally served with soy milk, soy bean curd, warm milk or porridge, which totally vary according to different regions. The taste of youtiao is similar to English Yorkshire pudding, though they are cooked with different method.
1 cup of self-raising flour,
1 cup of plain flour,
1/2 tsp of active east (or easy bake east),
1 cup of cold water,
A pinch of salt.
1. Traditionally, before go to bed, make a soft dough using all the ingredients. Cover and leave it in a cool place over night. Use the dough in the morning of the following day.
2. Brush a layer of oil on the board and your hands, knead the dough for 2 minutes.
3. Roll the dough to a piece of 1 cm thick flat square (see A), then divide to 16 strips with a sharp knife (see B).
4. Warm up vegetable oil to medium-high temperature in a deep-fry pan.
5. Before deep fry, put one chopstick right in the middle on a piece of strip (see 1), press it until the strip nearly broken to two pieces (see 2); gently stretch the strips and immediately put them into the oil (be careful not to separate them, see 3). Deep fry till light golden brown (see 4).
1. Dip with any sauce you like.
2. Use as Yorkshire pudding.