Longest Youtiao (Chinese Crullers) – Paya Terubong Penang
The Chinese doughnut stick (Youtiao) is one of the best-loved comforting breakfast staples.
What is a Youtiao (Chinese Crullers)?
Youtiao (油条) is also known as Chinese fried churros, Chinese cruller, Chinese oil stick, and Chinese doughnut.
This snack is a light, airy and pleasantly chewy long strip of delicious fried dough. Even for first-timers, the golden-brown Colour of the breadsticks is appealing.
When you bite into the Youtiao you will find the light crunchy taste very appetizing. The texture is crispy on the outside, and soft, slightly chewy inside which looks like a honeycomb.
In the Cantonese dialect, yàuhjagwái (油炸鬼), which translates to “oil-fried-devil” (or ghost)?
When I was young, we used to laugh endlessly whenever mom buys this back for our breakfast.
Jokes aside the Youtiao don’t need much introduction. I find it irresistible when it’s served hot.
It is so popular that McD once sold it for breakfast as Cakoi.
Youtiao is made like bread
The main ingredients are flour and baking soda. After the sticky dough is mixed, it is rested overnight. The next day, it is rolling out and cut into strips.
The long dough strip is typically made in a pair and stretched before frying.
When the Youtiao is cooked it turns a beautiful shade of golden brown.
There are Many Ways to enjoy a Youtiao for breakfast
There are many ways to savor this simple hot snack as it goes well with many Chinese dishes.
Some like to eat it as an ingredient or garnish. It goes extremely well when paired with plain porridge.
You can even dunk it into smooth almond tea, soya bean milk. Most of us enjoy dipping Youtiao in hot Bak-kut-the soup.
Bak-kut-teh which is a pork dish cooked in herbal broth popularly served in Malaysia and Singapore.
I love the Youtiao best dunk in black Kopi O.
How many calories are in a Youtiao?
If you’re on a diet, you might want to give this a miss. As Youtiao is a dough fritter fried in oil it contains a high amount of sodium.
A pair of Youtiao has about 192 calories!
If you’re watching your daily intake of carbs intake you may want to take only ½ a serve.
Best dunked in black kopi-O, Longest Youtiao (Chinese Cruller) is found in Paya Terubong, Penang.
Pa Thong Ko is Thai-Style Chinese Crullers (ปาท่องโก๋). This Youtiao is localized into these smaller, fried until thoroughly crispy. I find these mini-sized You Tiao and slightly sweeter.
The Thai people like to eat these mini doughnut versions with sweetened condensed milk, coffee, or dipping custard, Sangkhaya (สังขยา). They are also served with Chinese congee, jok (โจ๊ก).
This is sometimes eaten as an accompaniment to Chinese-style soybean curd in warm ginger syrup (เต้าฮวยน้ำขิง).
XXL Length Youtiao
I was amazed to find this supersized XXL Length Youtiao in Taiwan. I had a hard time trying to finish a pair. It’s like eating 2 pairs of Youtiao at one go! It tasted delicious in the homemade mildly sweet soya milk.
Youtiao is very light, not oily, delightfully crispy and addictive.
I read about the Indonesia version called Cakwe which is thinly sliced and eaten with Bubur Ayam (chicken porridge).
I’m more interested to try the local version dipping Cakwe in a chili vinaigrette or peanut/Saturday sauce. I’ll update the site after my Jakarta trip.
Longest Youtiao in Penang
In Malaysia, these Chinese crullers are about 12” long.
The longest Youtiao (Chinese Cruller) is found in Paya Terubong, Penang. This street stall makes it about 15” long.
The same recipe is the same. To make this longer, the outlet has a large rectangular shaped pan for frying the extra-long length.
I like the version here. The variation is a croissant-like a snack with fillings of tuna, coleslaw, and even meat floss.
I find that diehard fans will devour this Youtiao in its original form; right off the fire!
Te Chang Youtiao Wang Enterprise | Branch Address: 1250-A, Jalan Paya Terubong, 11060 Penang, Malaysia.
Contact: 016-433 7301 (Mr. TH Tan) | Main Branch Address: 76, Jalan Sarawak, 02000 Kuala Perlis, Perlis, Malaysia | Opening Hours: 6.00 am-5.00 pm (Closed Alternate Tuesday)