【Chinese Fried Dough Sticks】
Chinese fried dough sticks (Youtiao in Chinese) is a traditional Chinese breakfast food, and one of my childhood favorites. I don’t make this often at home since it is a deep fried food. My son Maomao has requested many times to have Youtiao as breakfast for a change. Here it is, I used food grade swelling agent and the result is amazing.
Meal type: appetizer, breakfast
Prepare time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Stand time: 5-6 hours
Serves: 6 servings
1) 1 cup all-purpose flour (160g);
2) 1.25 tsp Angel Youtiao food grade swelling agent;
3) 1/3 cup+1.5 tbsp water (100g);
4) 3 cups corn oil or vegetable oil.
1: In a small bowl, mix flour and swelling agent (Picture 1) thoroughly. Add water (Picture 2) to form dough (Picture 3). Knead for a couple of minutes, then cover with food wrap and let stand for 30 minutes. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes again.
2: Cover the bowl with food wrap and let stand in a warm place for 5-6 hours (Picture 4). On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into a log and press down to a 0.4 cm thick and 3 cm wide rectangular.
3: In a medium sauce pot, heat 3 cups frying oil on medium-high heat. Cut the dough into 3 cm long and 1 cm wide stripes. Place one piece on top of another, and press lightly in the centre with a chopstick (Picture 6). Gently lower 2 or 3 Youtiao sticks into hot oil (Picture 7). Turn dough on both sides continuously with a chopstick or tongs until it is golden brown. Repeat for the rest of dough. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.