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Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

Chinese doughnuts, otherwise known as youtiao or 油条, are common breakfast staples in China and other parts of East and Southeast Asia.

How To Eat Chinese Doughnuts

These long golden-brown deep-fried sticks of dough are chewy, light and airy and very versatile in how you can eat them.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

The most simple yet popular way to enjoy them is with rice congee or dipped in soy milk. You can also have them wrapped in a crepe known as jianbing or 煎餅油条. Another way to enjoy them is with a rice noodle roll wrapped around them known as zháliǎng or 炸兩.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 5.5 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

1. Pour warm water into large mixing bowl. Add in salt and yeast. Allow yeast to hydrate for 2 mins.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

2. Mix in flour and kneed inside the mixing bowl till it forms uniform texture. (Or use a KitchenAid mixer on low speed for less than 5 mins).

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

3. Cover dough with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise at room temperature for 4 hours or overnight.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

4. Heat up 1-2 litre of cooking oil in fryer, preheat oil with medium-high heat. I usually let it heat up to around 180°F or 80°C.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

5. Lightly dust dough and kneed inside the mixing bowl till no longer sticking to the bowl.

6. Cover the bowl and allow dough to rest for 30 mins. Break up the dough into 4 roughly equal pieces.

7. Place a piece of dough on a lightly floured surface.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

8. Use a rolling pin to make rectangular sheet about 1/5 inch thick.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

9. Lightly salt the sheet with salt shaker and gently press in the salt with rolling pin.

10. Cut into 1 inch x 4 inch strips (can be longer or shorter, depends on the size of your fryer).

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

11. Combine 2 strips together.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

12. Press down into the middle of the combined strips with a chopstick.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

13. Gently place 1 piece of dough into fryer, allow temperature to recover before adding additional pieces.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

14. Fry doughnut till golden brown with frequent flipping to ensure even cooking.

15. Allow excess oil to drain before serving.

Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe

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Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) | Foodgressing

These long golden-brown deep-fried sticks of dough are chewy, light and airy and very versatile in how you can eat them.
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Cost $2

Equipment

  • A pot for deep frying
  • Rolling Pin
  • Chopstick

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 5.5 cups all purpose flour

Instructions

  • Pour warm water into large mixing bowl. Add in salt and yeast. Allow yeast to hydrate for 2 mins.
  • Mix in flour and kneed inside the mixing bowl till it forms uniform texture. (Or use a KitchenAid mixer on low speed for less than 5 mins).
    Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条)
  • Cover dough with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise at room temperature for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Heat up 1-2 litre of cooking oil in fryer, preheat oil with medium-high heat.
    Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条
  • Lightly dust dough and kneed inside the mixing bowl till no longer sticking to the bowl.
  • Cover the bowl and allow dough to rest for 30 mins. Break up the dough into 4 roughly equal pieces.
  • Place a piece of dough on a lightly floured surface.
    Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
  • Use a rolling pin to make rectangular sheet about 1/5 inch thick.
    Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条) Recipe
  • Lightly salt the sheet with salt shaker and gently press in the salt with rolling pin.
  • Cut into 1 inch x 4 inch strips (can be longer or shorter, depends on the size of your fryer).
  • Combine 2 strips together.
    Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条
  • Press down into the middle of the combined strips with a chopstick.
    Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条
  • Gently place 1 piece of dough into fryer, allow temperature to recover before adding additional pieces.
  • Fry doughnut till golden brown with frequent flipping to ensure even cooking.
    Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条
  • Allow excess oil to drain before serving.
    Homemade Chinese Doughnuts (Youtiao, 油条

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