I recently made youtiao (we call it cakoi in Malay) and I swear… the hardest part (for me) is waiting for the yeast to expand. You have to get the accurate lukewarm water. No more, no less. Or else you will kill the yeast.
I had to redo four times in order to get it right.
Almost there! Anyway, here’s the recipe to make simple and easy youtiao.
2 cups of wheat flour
1tsp of yeast
1 1/2 tbsp of olive/canola oil
2 tbsp of sugar (i use cane sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 of lukewarm water
1. In a bowl, add in lukewarm water together with sugar and yeast. Mix well and let it rest for 20 minutes, in room temperature. (i covered the bowl with cling wrap, easy & faster)
2. In another bowl, add in flour, salt and oil. Once the yeast has expanded (like above photo), add it in. Mix well till it becomes a dough. It’s okay if it’s a little bit sticky.
3. Let it rest for 60 minutes in a room temperature.
4. On a board, gently sprinkle some flour and roll the dough. Flatten it with a roller till you get an oblong shape.
5. Cut the dough to small pieces. Dip a wood skewer into water and mark a straight line in between 2 youtiao pieces and then glue them together. They will look like the picture below.
6. Next, heat up your wok with oil in medium heat.
7. Pull the youtiao a little longer from its original shape to let the air out. Fry till golden brown.
Your youtiao will look like these. Best eat with hot soya or hot coffee or melted kaya spread. Enjoy!