30 Jan '15, 6am

#Foodthoughts : How well do you know the history of You tiao? Read more about it here:

Ever wondered why youtiaos come in pairs or why they are known as You Zhar Gui/Kueh, literally translated as oil fried ghost/pastry? Whichever the case, I’m pretty sure General Yue Fei would be the last person you would associate this crispy yet fluffy snack with. You may bevaguely familiar with the Chinese-based roots of youtiao, but you would be surprised to discover the huge rolethe General played in the invention of this widely enjoyed Chinese snack. And there you were, not thinking much of this seemingly common man’s snack whilst chomping away and dipping your youtiao in kopi, chicken chok or bak kut teh soup. The story begins with the invasion of the Song Dynasty, resulting in lost territoriesincluding the Northern Song capital, Kaifeng.A new Southern Song capital ruled by Gaozong was then established shortly after. Having witnessed the fall of Northern Song Dynasty,...

Full article: http://www.makansutra.com/stories/3/1331/YuCharKuehTheGen...

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