Earlier this week I saw someone  do a version of Outback Steakhouse’s “blooming onion” using a loaf of sour dough bread. I loved the idea.

One of the most appealing things about a blooming onion, other than its appearance, is the ease of being able to grab onto a stick and pull it out and eat the fried onion piece.  I never thought of trying it with other foods until I saw the post by The Girl Who Ate Everything.

I loved the idea, but I didn’t want to copy it exactly. I spent some time thinking of what other foods would look and taste good when made into a blooming onion form. And then I came up with this “Blooming Onion” pizza bread.

I thought I’d take some time to introduce a classic chinese breakfast item. Pronounced youtiao in chinese, these are also commonly referred to as chinese fried crullers. I’m not quite sure why this translation because other than the fact that they are both fried pieces of dough, the chinese youtiao does not really resemble the cruller doughnut.

If you’ve never heard of youtiao, it is a common breakfast item in Taiwan, as well as some parts of China.  Youtaio, literally translates into “oil strip.” The dough is shaped into a long stick and fried.  I’m not quite sure why it is made into such a long shape because usually once you buy it, the first thing you do is cut it in half to make it more manageable to eat.

Since I’ve made honey castella cake several times, I wanted to make some variations.  The other day, I made two castella cakes. Originally, one was supposed to be a matcha one and one was supposed to be a marble one. For the matcha one, I forgot to add the matcha powder. This one is the marble one.