A commonly served item in any Chinese breakfast
. Known as you tiao
, in Cantonese
they are known as you za gui
, literally "Fried Devils". They are oily
, you dip them in hot congee
to eat. In Northern China
, they are sometimes dipped in soy milk
. Very tasty
when fried properly.
Lately, the health food epidemic has caught on in Asia, and the oily sticks were the first to be targeted by health-freaks. They called them "Death sticks". In truth, they are as oily as bacon, but who cares? They taste good, especially with congee. I'll die before eating a granola bar for breakfast every day. Fat is good. I like fat.
Like congee, this is very easy to make at home. Sick of cereal? Try it out.
Ingredients (makes 24)
- 1 loaf frozen bread dough
- Oil for deep frying
- Thaw bread dough overnight in the refrigerator. About 1 hour before using, remove from the refrigerator and tear dough into about 24 pieces. Roll each between your hands to form a long roll. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
- Heat oil for deep-frying. When oil is ready, take each strip of dough and pull, twisting both ends before dropping into the oil. Deep-fry until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels.
- Serve hot with congee and Chinese tea. Part of a healthy complete breakfast® (sorry, I couldn't resist).