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Bargain breadsticks

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Had a fave dish cooked at chez pieman yesterday, Chao Luon (Rice porridge with eel - more on this wondrous concoction in blog-digests to come) The one thing a good Chao needs is Quai - a kind of deep-fried breadstick. Light and airy, a tad greasy, but not enough to call the cholesterol cops. It's the long chap in the snap above. It acts as a kind of mammoth dipping crouton. Or do what I do, hack it up and mix it in with the rice porridge and eels. I knew I'd find some somewhere close to pieman manor.

It's 7pm and the nearby streets are crammed with quality grub; Clams and snails with herbs and dips, crisps frying, scrummy bowls of crab noodle soup, fresh coconuts, baguettes - filled with pate, glazed pork and the hottest chilis in Saigon, fresh fruit drinks - sapodilla, mango, custard apple, bun rieu (I'm waiting to do this corkin' crab noodle soup justice before bloggin' it up), bia hoi - bargain beer for budget strapped tipplers at 2,500VD a litre, vit lon (embryonic duck eggs) served with herb sprigs and all that before I come across the Quai and doughnut stalls. Yikes, so much to scoff. And all just 3 minutes walking distance from my gaff. Amazing city. The quai were 1,000VD a stick. Super.

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They're called 'yu tiao' in Chinese. We get them over here in Malaysia too. They're also good in hearty soups, smothered in a prawn paste sauce or in a steamed egg custard. We also dip em into our local coffee here (somewhat similar to Vietnamese coffee but less strong).

They're called 'yu tiao' in Chinese. We get them over here in Malaysia too. They're also good in hearty soups, smothered in a prawn paste sauce or in a steamed egg custard. We also dip em into our local coffee here (somewhat similar to Vietnamese coffee but less strong).

ooh, you tiao... nice! (or yau tzar guai in Cantonese).
the Cantonese do a dim sum dish where the fried dough sticks are wrapped with a layer of thin steamed rice roll (cheong fun). this "tzar leong" dish is one of my favorite dim sum/snack dish : )yum!

Shiewie - coffee and bread... hmmm... Always been a Digestive man myself, or a bourbon if I'm feeling adventurous.

Renee - like my dim sum. Look forward to trying that one some time.

Look like you had problem saying the whole thing. We call the fried dough stick gio chau quay. One of my favorite as a child when we visited my mother's village in the mekong delta was chao long (rice soup with pork innards) with gio chao quay and bean sprout and fresh pepper sauce.
YUMMM.

Yes, I'm a big fan of this with Chao Long, or any chao come to that. Although, I've never before heard the full name you mention. All the Vietnamese I know here and in Hanoi refer to it simply as quai, never gio chau quay. Thanks.

what are the round ones called?

Since no one responded to Numb9013...the round ones are called "Banh Tieu". They're sweet fried sesame cakes and are hollow inside, very yummy.

anyone Englisch recipe for Bahn Tieu?
Thx

je reside en nouvelle-caledonie es que vous parler francais ou vietnamien.

any details recipe for- 'yu tiao'(malaysia called as)?
thx a million.

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