Youtaio – Chinese Donuts (Recipe & Pictorial)

Youtaio – Chinese Donuts (Recipe & Pictorial)

It is the day after Thanksgiving and I am going to cook a traditional Turkey Jook (or Congee) with the bones. We love a good congee especially the fried donuts but they are nearly impossible to find in Marin so I decided to make them. They are quite easy to make and you can mix them in a bowl without a mixer.

Youtiao – Chinese Donuts
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1 egg (scrambled)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • Oil for frying


In a bowl, mix yeast, sugar, and warm water and let sit for 5 minutes. It will get a little foamy.

While the yeast is getting foamy, mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add water, yeast, and scrambled egg and mixed thoroughly and dough forms a ball. Let dough sit covered for 20-30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, add the oil and mix into dough until completely incorporated. Cover dough again for 40-45 minutes.

Heat up oil during the last 5 minutes of waiting for the dough to rise.

Flour dough and form into a long roll about 1.5 ft long. Then roll out until dough is about 1/4 inch thick and 2 inches wide.

Cut dough into 1 inch thick strips. Using a chopstick dipped in water, press into every other strip to moisten the middle of the strip. Then put the un-moistened strip on top of the moistened strips. Use a dry chopstick to press down the middle again to attach the 2 strips down the middle.

Stretch out the dough pieces. They should stretch to at least double the length.

Fry turning often in the beginning to make sure they puff up.

Served on Turkey Jook


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