|Chinese fried bread - Photo courtesy of Stu Spivack|
Youtiao literally "oil strip" - also known as you char kway in Hokkien, yau ja gwai in Cantonese, and Chinese oil stick, Chinese donut, Chinese cruller, fried bread stick- is a long, golden-brown, deep fried strip of dough in Chinese cuisine and other East and Southeast Asian cuisines and is usually eaten for breakfast. Conventionally, youtiao are lightly salted and made so they can be torn lengthwise in two. Youtiao are normally eaten as an accompaniment for rice congee or soy milk.
|Chinese Dumplings - Photo courtesy of J. Samuel Burner|
Two types are found in most parts of China: Dabao, measuring about 10 cm across, served individually, and usually purchased for take-away. The other type, xiaobao, measure approximately 3 cm wide, and are most commonly eaten in restaurants. Each order consists of a steamer containing about 10 pieces. A small ceramic dish is provided for vinegar or soy sauce, both of which are available in bottles at the table, along with chilli paste. According to legend, they were invented by the scholar and military strategist Zhuge Liang (3rd century AD).
Some singles also choose to say goodbye to their single lives on this day:
many attend 'blind date' parties and many people choose to marry on this day. In addition to meaning 'single,' the four 'ones' of the date can also mean 'only one' as in 'the only one for me.' Some people will use this date and this meaning to tell their special someone that they are the only 'one' in their heart.
- This holiday is not to be confused with International Singles Awareness Day or QiXi.
- Cruller is a similar food like youtiao which is also a celebration food. See recipe
resources: originated from Nanjing University in 1993 / wikipedia / gone-ta-pott.com / thefreedictionary.com
links: Guang Gun Jie Cartoon / ABC News 11/11/11 / the Star: A special day for singles