I am not sure if some of you have tried this before. I am not sure if you can really find it in Thailand. This is the dish I usually had when I ate at an economy rice stall in Penang, Prai industrial area, the place I used to work.
I have some leftover "you tiao" in my fridge. So, here I come with my "You Tiao" in Thai sauce. I couldn't find bunga kantan (ginger torch) here in Arizona, so I replaced it with kesom leaf (Vietnamese cilantro). Personally, I still like it better with the fragrance of bunga kantan.
It is a good snack or appetizer for a party. You may mix the sauce before serving to keep the best texture (crispyness) of the "you tiao" pieces. Don't put the sauce on the "you tiao" pieces until it is being served, or the bread will become soggy.
Recipe and steps :
1. 1 "You tiao" - split and cut to 1 inch piece.
- bake the "you tiao" pieces at 300F for 12~15 minutes, the longer the harder. It should be crispy outside, and soft inside. (The lady boss deep fries them, it is faster, but not so healthy).
2. Sauce - 50ml tamarind juice - 3 tbsp Thai chili sauce - 1 tsp (or as desired) brown sugar
Cook ingredient # 2 over medium heat until boil. Stir to mix well. Set aside for cooling.
3. Garnishing - 4~5 small purple onion - sliced or chopped - 5~8 kesom leaf (bunga kantan is recommended) - chopped - 1~2 chili padi - chopped (optional) - few drops of lime juice
Before serving, mix cooked sauce # 2 and garnishing ingredients, pour over baked "you tiao" pieces. Toss to coat well. Enjoy!!!
Conversation between Tom and me about "You Tiao" when I made him kopi "o" with "you tiao" the other day.
Tom " What is this?" Me " urr... Chinese bread stick" ( I referred the the packaging) Tom " what is Chinese bread stick" Me " It is ONE kind of bread" (...lazy to explain) Tom " OOooo... um...let me try it....nom-nom-nom....arhhhh it is DONUT WITHOUT SUGAR IN STICK SHAPE" Me " arhhhhhhh ya...ya..ya...ya " (gosh... I was going to tell him it is "DEEP FRIED GHOST" literally translated from Cantonese - "Yao Char Kuai"...hahahahaha!)