Having here the famous bean curd & sweet grass jelly with youtiao.
Unlike our taho, the soya bean curd they sell here comes with various toppings like, glutinous balls (with peanut butter fillings), pearls, grass jelly., red bean,gingko nuts and a lot more. For a healthier option,you can skip the sugar syrup or ask them to add a bit, your choice. I’d prefer mine with a little bit of sweetness . Usually , locals here eats it along with youtiao. It’s a long deep fried dough cut or torn by bare hands , they dip in soya milk or coffee, sometimes a good accompaniment with meat dishes.
I simply want it coated with sugar paired with my coffee, which resembles the taste of bicho-bicho, though these are slightly salted.
I also like the grass jelly with taro balls & plain glutinous balls.
Did you know that eating grass jelly can help your digestive system problems? I’m saying this from experience, because whenever I’m feeling too much acid in my stomach, I’d eat jelly ace or drinks with grass jelly, and it’ll wash out the acids down. 😉
So what really is Youtiao?
Youtiao, is a long golden-brown deep-fried strip of dough commonly eaten in China and (by a variety of other names) in other East and Southeast Asian cuisines. Conventionally, youtiao are lightly salted and made so they can be torn lengthwise in two.Youtiao are normally eaten at breakfast as an accompaniment for rice congee, soy milk or regular milk blended with sugar. Youtiao may be known elsewhere as Chinese cruller, Chinese fried churro, Chinese oil stick, Chinese doughnut, Chinese breadstick, and fried breadstick.From Wikipedia
In Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, they are called You Char Kway, Cakwe, Cakoi, Kueh, Kuay. In Philippines, it is called Bicho/Bicho-Bicho or Shakoy.