Yow char kueh- Chinese beignet Recipe

Yow char kueh- Chinese beignet

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Ingredient A:
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp flour
1 tbsp warm water

Ingredient B:
250ml warm water
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 tsp alum powder
3/4 tsp ammonia powder
1 tsp salt

300 gm flour

oil for deep frying

How to make Yow char kueh- Chinese beignet

1. Mix ingredient A and leave for few mins for the yeast to react.
2. Mix ingredient B .
3. Make a well in the flour, pour B and A into it. Mix well.
4. Leave to rise for 2 hours.
5. Transfer to a floured board and stretch it long and about 3" width.
6. heat a wok with oil to 250 C. Cut the dough as think as your finger . place one strip on top of each other. Stretch a little and dip into the hot oil.
7. let it golden brown on both side. Drain.
8. Eat with kaya or condense milk.

Question from the Chef

“What do you name yow char kwai in English?”

  • yinittner
    yinittner says

    Hey Marianne - I'm Singaporean living in Seattle! I saw you char kueh named as Chinese Fried Dough in Chinatown and a few chinese grocery stores here, but I think Chinese beignet sounds so much more appealing!! Thanks for sharing your recipes! - Jennifer

  • marianne49
    marianne49 says

    Wow!! I didnt know you get yow char kwai in Seattle too? nice to eat with lek tow suan -( small yellow beans) , too!! famous here in Malaysia.

  • ShoggothDreams
    ShoggothDreams says

    Oh wow, I so hoped to find these sold somewhere in my area, but no luck. I have been so wanting to make Jian-Bing as a breakfast for friends, but no luck without Yow char kueh. Thanks for posting how to make them from scratch, that would be even more appealing.

  • marianne49
    marianne49 says

    well, if you dont have thet alum and ammonia powder there , you can just use bicarbonate of soda will do . the ingredient remain the same, This dough you dont have to knead, just use a wooden spoon to stir.

  • sugarlips
    sugarlips says

    alot of chinese menus in toronto its listed as "chinese donuts" lol

  • marianne49
    marianne49 says

    well, doughnut supposed to be round and like a ring. Hahaha. Beignet meaning fried dough. If you were to translate Chinese to English would be deep fried dough. , something like that , LOL

  • sugarlips
    sugarlips says

    Every night I would check out your recipe and drool over them, I'm trying to lose weight but its not helping by looking at all those food pics. LMAO

  • marianne49
    marianne49 says

    well, food heaven!! Most of my dishes are not fattening, maybe you can eat and work out more and you will stay slim LOL!!How can we resist good food ? !!:P

  • Avery
    Avery says

    What does ammonia powder do for this? I am positive that I can't get it here.

  • marianne49
    marianne49 says

    ammonia powder is like a gas in reaction that puff the dough . if you dont have there just replace soda water.Some of these ingredient you can only get from the pastry shop , supermarket dont normally sell them.

  • hunoisik
    hunoisik says

    heya !! can u plz explain wot is alum powder..ie how it looks n wher to find it. btw, i live in U.K. n its really diff to gets yaw char keow so wud really luvs to try yr recipe if i can gets all the ingredients together....heeeheeehee !!!! many thks !! =D)

  • marianne49
    marianne49 says

    you can find in the drug store or cake house, but if you dont have that you can omit it , the function of the the 2 powder just to make the char keow crispy and chewy which of coz have to eat immediately while still hot, when cool, it become chewy and hard, so you can omit them if you make and your char keow will stay soft even when cool

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