Monday, August 4, 2008

Fried Chinese Doughnut Sticks

Fried Chinese Doughnut Sticks are not your typical doughnut. They are in the form of sticks rather than round, and they are slightly salty. Not at all sweet. The one thing that they do have in common with the traditional doughnut is that they are fried. These doughnut sticks are one of my favorite snacks, especially when they are fresh. I hope you enjoy them too!

2 cups self-rising flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup warm water
vegetable oil for deep-frying

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda together into a bowl. Form a dip in the centre of the flour mixture and pour the cup of water into it. Mix well with a wooden spoon, and add a teaspoon of water at a time if mixture is too dry. Gently knead the dough in the bowl for half a minute to form it into a soft ball. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for about one minute, then divide it into two balls. Roll out each ball into a 4" by 16" rectangle. Cut the dough into 1" by 4" strips. You should get 16 strips from each ball. Press one pair of strips together at a time. Then, gently stretch the dough lengthwise to 10 inches long.

Fry 2-3 doughnut sticks at a time in 350 F vegetable oil for 1-2 minutes. (Until they are golden)

The fried chinese doughnut sticks are perfect alone as a snack or served with Congee.

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