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These Chinese Crullers, or Chinese donuts, called Youtiao, are a traditional breakfast staple in China. They can be enjoyed as a standalone dish or dipped in a warm soy milk! | cookingtheglobe.com

Youtiao - Traditional Chinese Crullers

These traditional Chinese fried dough sticks can be served either alone or with a cup of warm soy milk for dipping. So delicious!
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 4 people
Calories 305kcal
Author CookingTheGlobe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • vegetable oil , for frying
  • warm soy milk , for dipping (optional)


  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sugar and yeast in the warm milk. Keep in warm place for about 20 minutes, until bubbles form on the surface.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, remaining 3 teaspoons of sugar, and 1 teaspoon oil. Add the yeast mixture and mix well. Let rise in a warm place for 2-3 hours, until the dough doubles or triples in size.
  • Sprinkle some flour over the dough, kneading the dough inside a bowl few times. Then transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead well for about 25 times. Cover with a damp towel and let sit in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough is puffy.
  • Knead well for about 25 times, adding a teaspoon of oil to the dough. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1 inch thick. Cut into 1 inch wide strips. Stack them two by two, and press the center with a chopstick (lengthwise).
  • Take the strip, one at a time, hold the two ends and stretch to 8-9 inches long. Repeat with all the strips.
  • Heat the oil to 400°F (200°C) and fry the strips in batches (1 or 2 at a time). Flip the strips over continuously many times with chopstick when frying until they have puffed up and become golden brown. Repeat with the remaining strips.
  • When done, drain on paper towels. Serve alongside warm soy milk, or alone. Enjoy!


Calories: 305kcal