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Hot or cold, kaikouxiao sure stop the hunger pangs

KAIKOUXIAO is a traditional Chinese fried snack originally from Beijing. It has a very pleasant name meaning "open the mouth and laugh."

The name comes from the shape, as the small flour ball cracks after deep frying, kind of like a big laughing mouth.

Kaikouxiao is sweet and crisp and about the size of a table tennis ball.

It can be eaten either hot or cold.

It's a very common snack now available at many street-side shops for about 20 yuan (US$3.13) per kilogram.

Kaikouxiao is made of flour, malt sugar, white sugar, eggs, white sesame and oil.

To make kaikouxiao, mix flour, water, oil, eggs, a little baking soda powder, proper white sugar and malt sugar. Use 1 kilogram of flour for every 400 grams of oil.

Mix sufficiently into a flour paste. Shape the flour paste into small round balls.

Prepare the white sesame with some water, and put the small prepared round ball into the sesame.

Fry until the balls look golden and they crack into the "laughing mouth."


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