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. Its taste is slightly sweet and is made by twisting two small pieces of dough together and frying them, thus causing them to separate slightly while remaining connected.
The Mandarin Chinese
name of this food, shuāngbāotāi
(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 Minnan
name is 馬花糋 (bé-hoe-chìⁿ
), which roughly means "horse
cake", also in reference to its shape. Another Minnan name is 雙生仔 (siang-siⁿ-á
) meaning twins.
, shuangbaotai are a type of xiaochi
typically sold by hawkers
at street stalls or in night markets
, but not in regular restaurants or bakeries.
It is similar in taste and texture to a New Orleans
from the United States