Monday, August 06, 2007

eastcoastlife the smart alec! ish.

My foreign friends ask me, 'What's a youtiao?'. Well, this is it.

Dough fritter. You can eat it on its own. You can dunk it in coffee or hot chocolate or hot soya bean milk. We sometimes add it to our famous Bak Kut Teh (Pork Rib Soup) or porridge. I would also spread cuttlefish paste on it & deep fried it, then coat it in mayonnaise sweeten with a little condense milk.

I remember a silly story when I was in my teens.

During my secondary school years, my classmates & I would spend time at a public library near our school. We would be in the Reference Room, doing research for our numerous projects. We would be eating when the librarians were not looking. We would challenge one another to bring bigger food items.

One day, I gleefully brought out a youtiao. My idiotic classmates scattered. I was caught sitting alone like an idiot at a big table, holding up the damned, limp youtiao. Basket, sabo me. I was the model student in school, okay? And the pet of every teacher who taught me. Those idiots.

But again, I was trying to be a smart alec. Who would think of bringing yu cha kuay? So stupid!!!! Anyway, I won. hehehe.....

Where are my secondary school classmates now?

If I see you idiots again, I'm going to stuff youtiao into your mouths. All of you didn't eat my youtiao then.

70 comments:

  1. Haha ecl this is So cute :)

    Thanks for this lightening post. (Not lightning la... :) )

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  2. Hahaha... the pic was kinda... *ahem* and together with the word youtiao, my mind went a working overtime... kakaka... :p

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  3. lol... ECL - model student bring food into library tsk tsk tsk...

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  4. You silly?? That's a change wor.

    I must remember not to step on your wrong foot otherwise you 'yu chia koey' me!

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  5. What a wonderful story. It made me smile when you said how you were left alone with this at the table. I could see it as I read it. Thanks for the laugh.

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  6. My angel,
    wat were you tinking??? kakaka.... notti gal!

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  7. Hello highwayblogger!!! :)
    yah, peer pressure lor. And I was trying to show off how smart I was. ish.

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  8. Judy,
    I do get silly quite often. Can be a real idiot too. hehehe....

    And I'm pretty violent when I'm mad! :P

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  9. Teacher Dave,
    I looked so silly didn't I? With that dough fritter. ish.

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  10. dun care what it's called, youtiao or yawcharkwai, I miss eating freshly fried, oily ones!! here all pre-fried and sold in supermarkets, sealed in plastic bags. yuck...

    LOL @ angel! I almost thought the same thing too... if you were thinking what I was thinking!

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  11. May,
    Wah! You and Angel, great minds think alike ar! hehehe.....

    Youtiao is best eaten fresh. mmmm.... poor May. lou hou soi.

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  12. Ha ha ha ... so funny ^_^

    Wow ... ECL was the model student, pet of every teacher ... ha ha ha ... now we know more about you for sure.

    If I was your friend back then, I would try my best to smuggle a durian into the library in order to beat your Youtiao ... ha ha ha.

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  13. Wilfrid,
    Student how to afford durian lah! One friend said he would try to smuggle a jiam tao roti (baguette) to beat my youtiao. But the librarian blacklisted us after the youtiao incident. hehehe...

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  14. Haha
    Wow
    Model student eh?
    Salute you
    Then you finish the youtiao alone?

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  15. Hahhahaha!! oh.. btw.. i missed you tiao alot.. leh..!!

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  16. yenjai,
    yalor.... hou ye mm hou sei ah ma. It cost only 15 cents then. My pocket money only 50 cents.

    I think nobody dare to eat becos it was stuffed in my pocket. hahaha....

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  17. mamabok,
    I'm sure you miss you tiao! ;)

    I will miss lotsa of the food here if I emigrate. How to tahan? Homesick.

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  18. Can I don't have youtiao? Your tofu instead? ROFL!

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  19. Hi ECL, please pardon me, I can catch the humour behind this post? Am I too serious? What makes your classmate scatter when you brought a youtian?

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  20. Incidentally, do you know that an 'impotent prick' is also known as an overnight 'youtiao'?

    Muahahahahahaha!!!

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  21. oceanskies,
    My classmates purposely scattered to get me into trouble! Knowing the librarian would be alerted if they suddenly made a big move.

    The scampering and running caused a commotion that brought the librarian to this silly goose who was still holding the youtiao!

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  22. Cocka,
    Really ar!? I dunno.
    hahahahaha.... duh.

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  23. Ah, I see. Thanks for enlightening. These classmates can leave you in a lurch.

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  24. eastcoastlife,
    Why the you tiao so huge one? Wahlao! Miri one ah...RM0.30 one you tiao and it's so small... haha! Probably it costs more in Singapore. ;)

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  25. oceanskies,
    Yes, those were the days. We sabo one another. hehehe....

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  26. Kok,
    This big youtiao cost 70 Singapore cents (RM1.50). More expensive then Miri youtiao even though it's bigger, right?

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  27. That long brown stick is damn good with kopi... ohhh la la.

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  28. We learn more every day. That's a word I'm now familar with!

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  29. Funny! youtiao looks, like, well, something else, at first glance!

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  30. I like those with hot soy milk. Yum!!!

    Getting crumbs all over the books lor?

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  31. You should have smuggled in a watermelon ... do they have watermelons in Singapore?

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  32. omg... eating youtiao in a library? just when i tot my idea of eating cup noodles was bad... T_T

    You win liao...

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  33. err... please .. ECL ... can you refrain from discussing how big is your youtiao?
    (no eye see)

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  34. Captain Picard,
    Yes, we are learning new things each day, aren't we? :)

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  35. Beth,
    hahaha... yes, it does. But it is a delicious snack. ^-^

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  36. ahhh Simple American,
    You do know how to enjoy life! Yes, I eat this with hot soy milk too. For breakfast or supper. :)

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  37. stay-at-home Mum,
    mmmm.... rojak! Yes! I love it too. ^-^

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  38. Hi Paul Champagne,
    Yes, we have watermelons. hahaha.... I wonder how the librarian would react when she sees me with a watermelon.

    I would definitely win hands down.
    ;)

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  39. cloudywind,
    What!? Eat cup noodles in the library! hehehe... maybe I can try it.

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  40. yenjai,
    Huh? Why no eye see? What's wrong with a big youtiao? hahaha....

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  41. wah! pandaii! :P lol! wad a model student eh! lol.

    i miss you tiaw! esp with bak kut teh! wah..

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  42. What is cuttlefish paste? Can post up recipe for it ka? Sound so alien lidat.

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  43. ehon,
    hahaha.... I'm a bad example hor.

    youtiao isn't sold in Chinatown restaurants in Australia?

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  44. HijackQueen,
    Sotong (cuttlefish) paste. Ok, I make it this weekend and post the recipe for you. It's delicious.

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  45. yiu tiao! I dip it in coffee, or kaya or chilli sauce! YUM!

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  46. Doreen,
    Dip it in chilli sauce!? That's new to me! mmmm.... gotta try it.

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  47. To dip it into coffee/tea/hot chocolate, er... I'll leave this idea for others to try...

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  48. Hahaha... Like reading your posts :) As I was reading it, I imagined you sitting there with the youtiao :D

    My girl likes youtiao too!

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  49. windy,
    You have never tried dipping it in coffee, tea or hot chocolate? Try! It's nice. :)

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  50. lzmommy,
    haha... I look like a goondu.

    Your daughter got good tastes. :P

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  51. eastcoastlife,
    No wonder it's so much bigger. The cost! haha!

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  52. Kok,
    Yes, the hawker made it bigger so he can charge higher. ^-^

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  53. I so love to eat YouTiao leh.. You just reminded me that I've not had that for a long time now... I WANT TO eat... I like to eat it with coffe ... yummy ;)~~~

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  54. Janice,
    Let's go eat youtiao at Geylang's Yong He Youtiao Soy Milk Eatery!
    *slurp slurp*

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  55. Breakfast. Usually at a Taiwan style restaurant.

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  56. Hi eastcoastlife,

    Youtiao + Soya beans = Yummy

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  57. Simple American,
    Taiwanese youtiao are crispy and tastier.

    You are blessed to have married a Chinese and learn her culture.
    ^-^

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  58. The whole library sequence, real or imaginary, should be shot into a S'pore short film for heritage purpose :)

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  59. OOoh, ECL, I am drooling liao.

    I like yu tiao. I also like it when u put the paste and eat with mayonnaise or eat it with congee. Yummy!!!

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  60. Yes lilMrsT,
    Youtiao is so yummy with cuttlefish paste and mayonnaise or with congee! I love it! ^-^

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  61. It is also good with soy milk. You dip in warm in to the milk and eat it. Sooooooooooooooo good.

    I got my first taste of this when I was in Singapore. I fell in love with it!!

    Great story!!

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  62. Mike,
    Oooo... so you tried this too! :)

    It's good, isn't it? You sgould try it with coffee.

    We have many yummy snacks and dishes in Singapore. Hope you have tried most of them when you were here.

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  63. one of these days if they sell youtiao coated with dark chocolate, it would be nice isn't it? haha...

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  64. keropok man,
    Oh yes. It would taste great with dark chocolate. yum yum.

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