RECIPE: Youtiao (Chinese Cruller)

We're in the middle of a historic low temperature here in Chicago with windchills about to hit -55F, and since the whole family is caved in inside the house, I thought it's the perfect time to make a pot of jook and of course, making Youtiao will complete a satisfying Chinese breakfast!

After a couple of hits and misses in making the Youtiao, here's the recipe that worked the best for me. I hope it will work for you as well!


YOUTIAO (Chinese Cruller)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/3 cup water

  1. Mix flour, egg, salt, baking powder, milk, butter, and water in a dough mixer. Mix with a dough hook for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Shape it into a 6x4 inches flattened rectangle. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Take out dough from the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 2 hours before constructing your cruller.
  4. Construct the cruller (see video provided below)
  5. Fry in a 400F oil
  6. When the color turns into golden brown, then it’s done! ENJOY!