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What the Chinese eat for breakfast

By Wei Jia
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Chinese oil sticks 

1. Fry the devils!

Chinese oil stick, or youtiao, is a staple Chinese breakfast. When it first appeared, however, it appealed more to people's hearts than their stomachs.

Youtiao is also known in some areas across China as Youzhagui, or "fried devils." In 1142, Yue Fei, a famous general and icon of Chinese patriotism, was killed in a scheme by traitorous Qin Hui (China's answer to Benedict Arnold in the American Revolutionary War) alongside his wife, Wang. Outraged by the news of Yue's wrongful death, the owner of an eatery serving fried food kneaded a ball of dough into the shape of a man and woman, stuck their backs together, and threw it into the frying pan, while calling out "Come eat fried Qin Hui!" Upon hearing the words, people sharing in the anger thronged around the owner, helping him make more of what would later be called Youzhagui, crying aloud so that more people would become aware of this timely invention, while tucking into the sticks with relish.

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