Invited Review at Te Chang You Tiao

Posted by Cokeworld Citizen | 6:08 AM | , | 14 comments »

It was the end of May and Te Chang You Tiao (特长油条) would be the last invited review to wrap up the month. Thanks to Criz, I get to try variety of good food XD On top of that, I finally get to meet up with CK Lam, Lingzie, Malaysia Food Promotions and All About Penang Food :D

I used to attend my tuition classes at Paya Terubong but I didn't really notice Te Chang You Tiao (特长油条) stall's existance :P All I know was Lao Fu Tze Bak Kut Teh (老夫子肉骨茶) is located opposite Pantai Timur Cafe (东海岸茶室).

For those who are not really familiar with Paya Terubong, Te Chang You Tiao (特长油条) is actually very near to Desa Permata and SJK Kong Min Cawangan Kedua (公民第二分校) is just a few steps away from the stall.

We were fortunate enough that Mr. TH Tan was willing to take picture with his creations :D
His Chinese Crullers or You Tiao (油条) is the longest in Malaysia if not mistaken.

All the process of making the chinese crullers took place behind this stall. When I was there, they were frying Black & White Sesame Twins (some call Ma Keok, 马脚 / 'horse leg' in Cantonese). They are priced at RM2 each.

Freshly fried sesame twins. The shape resembles a little of the horse leg issn't it?

Below is a video of the process of making you tiao.

After viewing the video, I realised the oil was clean and there were less smoke compare to other stalls during the frying process.

The texture was definitely different from the Chinese Crullers which was slightly denser but soft with some crispy parts (nearer to the edge).

The sesame smell didn't overwhelmed the fried dough stick which is good.

After starting off with some sesame twins, we also had glasses of Black Soya Bean Milk (黑豆奶, RM1 per glass) The soy milk consistency was slightly thicker than regular soy drink from hawker stalls. However, it was a bit too sweet as I normally take soy drink without sugar :P

The soy milk is available in hot or cold. We can request to contain the soy milk in a bowl instead, so it would be easier to dip our crullers into the soy milk. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to try because there were just too many you tiao served :S

After sitting for a while, almost all the bloggers flocked to capture the you tiao making process. Hahaha!

I think that was my first time looking at a stainless steel roller pin XD Probably, a heavier roller pin would roll out the dough more evenly. Its also more hygenic as the roller pin cleans easier compare to wood ones.

Look at the beautiful doughs. They seem well rested and not dry, right?. Later, the owner cut a piece of dough for us to have a closer look. Indeed the dough was cottony soft and the surface did not stick on my fingers. However, the moist is still there if you pinch deeper.

The lumps of dough contained more air than the usual you tiao dough.

With more air contained in the dough, the outcome would be loose-crispy chinese crullers. A close competition would be chinese crullers from People's Court, Campbell street. I remembered that my gums always hurt/bleed after eating chinese crullers bought from Campbell Street. Their you tiao are slightly tougher (still crispy) than Te Chang You Tiao. But it was nice to munch those plain Campbell Street you tiao as they are savoury by themselves.

On top of that, the 14 inches long Te Chang you tiao does not get as tough as other you tiaos when it is set aside for some time. They are selling at RM 1 each.

Back then, you tiao often appear as the perfect match with Kopi-O, Bak Kut Teh, Porridge & soya drink. Now, Te Chang You Tiao had came up with several creative pairings of the chinese crullers.

Here are the you tiao pairings they ;)

The moment those you tiaos were set on the table, almost every blogger swooshed to them with Cariso being the fastest. I was just about to grab my camera and there she was, snapping away XD

First stop, Chicken Floss & Mayonaise You Tiao (RM 2.50 each).

Actually, I had tried this before. My uncle tar pao for me when he was having bak kut teh beside Te Chang You Tiao. The taste was kind of special for a weird combo of mayo and chicken floss. Savoury, sweet and crispy all at once.

Next, Kaya & Butter You Tiao (RM2 each).

I never thought about having coconut jam with chinese crullers!

Honey & Butter You Tiao (RM2 each) is also another variety offered. Some mentioned they couldn't taste the honey.

I think it must be the butter (in their case, Planta) taste that had overwhelmed the honey smell.

They also serve Peanut Butter You Tiao (RM2 each). Marjerin and peanut butter would be spread on the you tiao.

The sweet peanut butter and its smell complements the you tiao pretty well.

Tuna & Mayonaise You Tiau (RM2.50 each) would be ideal for those who prefer to take the you tiao as a main meal. The portion is quite a lot for a person.

I did pick up hints of tuna smell. So far no sign of tuna fish flakes :P Instead, the filling contains a lot of chopped carrots, cabbages and onions.

Sausage & Mayonaise You Tiao (RM 3 each) is also part of their menu.

Cariso complained that the sausages aren't long enough hahaha. I suggest that the owner should split the sausages into half so there would be equal portions of sausage in every small piece of you tiao after cutting.

Finally CK Lam suggested that all of us should try the plain you tiao to get hold on the original taste.
Seriously speaking, I never had so many you tiao in one shot for my entire life :S When I got home, I had rashes on my hands and legs XD

All in all, my favourites would be the chicken floss you tiao and peanut butter you tiao. As all of us were digging in, Steven and FoOd PaRaDiSe mentioned crazy ideas like banana split with you tiao or you tiao chocolate fondue. Haha!

So many of us and yet we had 2 plates of leftover you tiao. As their assigned MPPP, I had to tar pao balik the leftover you tiao that had been mixed with honey, peanut butter and kaya. Hahaha! Wan jiong ....

Again, nice meeting you all!

View other reviews at:
All about Penang Food
Buzzing with Food
Cariso Delicacies Corner
Criz Bon Appetite
Lingzie's Tummy Treats
Malaysia Food Promotions
Steven Goh
what2see: Best of Penang Food!
Yummy Station

1250-A, Jalan Paya Terubong, 11060 Penang, Malaysia
*Main Branch Address:
76, Jalan Sarawak, 02000 Kuala Perlis, Perlis, Malaysia


016-433 7301 (Mr. TH Tan)

Opening hours:
1.00pm-8.30pm (Closed Alternate Tuesday)

5.394278, 100.276451

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  1. ck lam // June 2, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

    It was a nice outing and really great meeting you. Can't wait to see your video on the making of the you tiao :)

  2. J2Kfm // June 2, 2009 at 3:13 PM  

    His 14 inches long Chinese Crullers or You Tiao (油条) is the longest in Malaysia if not mistaken.

    hehe, that line sounded a little funny, .... :)

    he has a branch in kuala perlis? aiya, why didnt you guys go earlier?! so i can visit the one in Perlis.

  3. FoOd PaRaDiSe // June 2, 2009 at 4:15 PM  

    I like the buzz buzz..... photos... ^-^

  4. New Kid on the Blog // June 2, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

    so many flavour... were you the 2nd MPPP for that day also?

  5. Cokeworld Citizen // June 2, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

    Do you guys mind if your voices are in the video?

    ck lam:
    Nice to meet you too :D you tiao video was kinda funny XD

    Aiyooo...wat were u thinking? hehe...aiks you din read Criz's blog about the you tiao?

    FoOd PaRaDiSe:
    Hahaha buzzing bee ma XD

    Ya, never would have thought you tiao can be eaten such way LOL.
    Regardless which invited review, they would ask me to sapu them :S

  6. Steven Goh // June 2, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

    eh, my idea of you tiao banana split is reviewed here dee. That idea is registered by me leh. Like that kena collect royalty fee from you liao.

  7. gill gill // June 3, 2009 at 12:21 AM  

    i'd like the tuna mayo, same as you've mentioned, couldn't see any tuna flakes in the spread lol! but i like it, just like eating KFC coleslaw without oily feeling :)

  8. Food Promotions // June 3, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

    Jian, we want the video too :D
    Nice meeting you.

  9. Cokeworld Citizen // June 3, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

    Steven Goh:
    Wei...ppl got mention your name samo link to ur site le...boh kau ar? lol

    gill gill:
    hahaha at first everyone thought it was coleslaw with eu char koay XD That flavour not bad.

    Food Promotions:
    Halo~ Hahaha I going to upload to Youtube. Will tell you guys to see before adding it into the post :)

  10. cariso // June 4, 2009 at 9:34 PM  

    Wah...every single movement also caught by you. :)

  11. Cokeworld Citizen // June 5, 2009 at 12:36 AM  

    Bwahahaha, its in the video too XD

  12. buzzingbee // June 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

    haha I almost ROFL seeing the buzz buzz photo. Nice one though!! :)
    (thanks for the mask)
    Lovely review.
    Eh since we stay so near to each other, we can go for makan outings ya!!

  13. Cokeworld Citizen // June 7, 2009 at 11:03 PM  

    makan ar? No problem wahahaha....

  14. Jason // June 9, 2009 at 2:04 PM  

    That's... a lot of crullers in one day! But the owner sure is creative to come up with so much varieties.