Air-fried stuffed you tiao recipe (aka dough sticks or 油条)
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Serves: 4-6
A healthier version (i.e. air-fried) of the traditionally deep-fried stuffed you tiao
  • 2 pairs of you tiao
  • 200g fish paste (I used a bowl of Bobo fish paste)
  • about 100-150g prawns
  • 2 tablespoons egg white
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • a dash of sesame oil
  • a dash of ground white pepper
  • a dash of hua tiao jiu
  • corn flour (for dusting the tops)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (for brushing onto the top of the you tiao)
  • sesame seeds
  1. Split the two pairs and cut each stick into 4 segments - you should yield 16 pieces.
  2. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, snip open the top of the you tiao to make room for the stuffing.
  3. Wash and devein the prawns. Chop or mince the prawns - depending on how much bite you want when you eat the you tiao.
  4. Mix the minced prawns with the fish paste, egg white and the condiments (except the cornflour, oil and sesame seeds).
  5. Divide and stuff the mixture into the you tiao.
  6. Preheat the airfryer to 180degC.
  7. Meanwhile, dust the tops of the stuffed you tiao with corn flour then brush with oil.
  8. Top with sesame seeds.
  9. Airfry the youtiao in 2 batches (I laid them out in a single layer) - 180degC for 10min. If deep-frying, simply deep fry the you tiao at this step.
1. I did not add salt at all as Bobo fish paste is salty enough.
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