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Dim Sum and Other Snack Foods
3 deep-fried crullers, also known as you tiao
½ pound fresh shrimp, shells and veins removed and discarded, then minced
6 water chestnuts, minced
1 egg white
1 scallion, minced
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
dash of ground white pepper
½ teaspoon cornstarch or water chestnut flour
3 cups vegetable oil
a small dish of dipping sauce, optional
1. Cut each cruller into four or five pieces, remove their soft centers, and mince half of them.
2. Mix shrimp, centers of half the crullers (reserve the others for another dish), water chestnuts, egg white, minced scallion, vegetable oil, ground pepper, cornstarch or water chestnut flour, and stuff this into the hollow of each yao tiao part.
3. Heat oil in a deep pot and deep fry half of them about two minutes, then remove and drain on paper towels while frying then draining the other half of them. Then serve plain or weigh any dipping sauce you choose.