Fried Chinese breadstick also known as Chinese cruller, Youtiao, Cakoi etc. is a lightly salted long strip of dough, deep fried to golden brown. Youtiao is extremely versatile, normally eaten at breakfast accompanied by soy milk, coffee, rice porridge and congee, or used to dip in various soups and sauces.

Also commonly sold with these breadsticks are horseshoe fritters (Ma Kiok) and Ham Chim Peng.

Various dippings such as chocolate spread and kaya (coconut jam) may also be included for added flavours.

Tips:

  • Dough can be made ahead and keep refrigerated for 1-2 days.
  • Fried breadstick can be store in the fridge for 7 days, keep them in airtight container or Ziploc bag, and reheat in oven as needed.

Chinese Version: 油条食谱 (油炸鬼/油炸粿)

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe
 

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe | MyKitchen101en

Yield: 12 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 10 g double-acting baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 120ml water
  • ½ tbsp oil

Instructions:

1 Mix together 200 g all-purpose flour, 10g double-acting baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt.

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe
 

2 Add in 120 ml water and ½ tablespoon oil, knead the dough for 4-5 minutes until it is smooth and shiny, then cover and set aside to rest for 2 hours.

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe

3 Lightly dust your work surface with flour, place the dough on the flat surface, and sprinkle some flour over. Roll out into thin flat dough about 3-4 mm thickness.

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe
 

4 Cut the flat dough into strips, about 2.5cm (1 inch) wide and 15cm (6 inches) long.

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe

5 Dip a wooden/bamboo skewer in water, dab the wet skewer in the center of the dough strip. Place another strip of dough on top, and then gently press down into the center of the dough with the skewer. This allows both dough strips to stick together and remain fused during frying.

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe

6 Deep fried at 180°C (390°F), flip constantly to ensure breadstick puffed up evenly.

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe

7 Deep-fry until golden brown.

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe

Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe

Fried Chinese breadstick also known as Chinese cruller, Youtiao, Cakoi etc. is a lightly salted long strip of dough, deep fried to golden brown. 
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Set Aside 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 66 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 10 g double-acting baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 120 ml water
  • ½ tbsp oil

Instructions
 

  • Mix together 200 g all-purpose flour, 10 g double-acting baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt.
    Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe
  • Add in 120 ml water and ½ tablespoon oil, knead the dough for 4-5 minutes until it is smooth and shiny, then cover and set aside to rest for 2 hours.
    Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe
  • Lightly dust your work surface with flour, place the dough on the flat surface, and sprinkle some flour over. Roll out into thin flat dough about 3-4 mm thickness.
    Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe
  • Cut the flat dough into strips, about 2.5cm (1 inch) wide and 15cm (6 inches) long.
    Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe
  • Dip a wooden/bamboo skewer in water, dab the wet skewer in the center of the dough strip. Place another strip of dough on top, and then gently press down into the center of the dough with the skewer. This allows both dough strips to stick together and remain fused during frying.
    Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe
  • Deep-fry at 180°C (390°F), flip constantly to ensure breadstick puffed up evenly.
    Chinese Breadstick (Youtiao/Cakoi) Recipe

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Notes

This recipe yields 12 pieces of Youtiao.
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 piece of Youtiao. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 66kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 186mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.05gCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cakoi, chinese breadsticks, youtiao
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