Shuangbaotai

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Shuangbaotai
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Fried shuangbaotai with sesame seeds
Alternative names Horse hooves
Type Doughnut
Place of origin Taiwan
Main ingredients Dough
Cookbook:Shuangbaotai  Shuangbaotai
雙胞胎
Traditional Chinese 雙胞胎
Simplified Chinese 双包胎
Literal meaning twins
Minnan name
Traditional Chinese 馬花糋
Simplified Chinese 马花糋
Literal meaning horse hoof cake

Shuangbaotai (simplified Chinese: 双包胎; traditional Chinese: 雙包胎; pinyin: shuāngbāotāi) or horse hooves is a sweet Taiwanese fried dough food with chewy dough containing large air pockets on the inside and a crisp crust on the outside. It is made by twisting two small pieces of dough together and frying them, which causing them to separate slightly while remaining connected.

Names[edit]

The Mandarin Chinese name of this food, shuāngbāotāi (Chinese: 雙胞胎) meaning "twins", is derived from the fact that the dish is two pastries twisted slightly together as if conjoined twins. The Taiwanese Hokkien name is 馬花糋 (bé-hoe-chìⁿ), which roughly means "horse-hoof cake", also in reference to its shape. Another Hokkien name is 雙生仔 (siang-siⁿ-á) meaning twins.

Regional[edit]

In Taiwan, shuangbaotai are a type of xiaochi typically sold by hawkers at street stalls or in night markets, but not in regular restaurants or bakeries.

Comparisons[edit]

It is similar in taste and texture to a New Orleans-style beignet from the United States.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • YTower — A famous maker of shuangbaotai (Chinese)
  • Shuangbaotai at Chiayi Tourism Bureau website — includes photos of shuangabotai (Chinese)