Archive for January, 2008

Published January 1st, 2008 by Mliesie

Happy New Year! / Xin nian kuaile!

‘Finally it’s 2008!’ Huo Miao said this morning. As I know 2007 wasn’t a bad year for her, I asked her why she said that… Ever since China heard that they would be hosting the Olympics, people have been talking about 2008. Therefore her remark ;-)

For us no special celebration of New Year’s Eve here, except for some crazy students who sent me a message at midnight and the fact that we made real Dutch ‘oliebollen’! On Sunday I suddenly realized that all ingredients necessary for ‘oliebollen’ are available in China and I got really excited by the idea of preparing a batch (for those of you who would like to try and make them yourselves; you will find the recipe below as well as some pictures of our batch). We both think we did a wonderful job! Unfortunately all the ‘oliebollen’ were eaten by the students who visited my house for a party/meeting, so therefore we had to make a new batch for the colleagues in my department. Our house now smells like an ‘oliebollenkraam’ and both Miao and I feel like an ‘oliebol’…..

Hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve, wherever you are on this planet. I wish you all the best for 2008!!


500 grams flour, 1 sachet of yeast (15 grams), 3 dl beer (room temperature), 1.5 dl water (room temperature), 1 tsp of sugar, a pinch of salt, 1 egg, 200 grams of raisins soaked in baijiu/rum/brandy, 2 grated apples, oil, powdered sugar

Put the flour and salt in a big bowl. Add the yeast and sugar and stir.

Add the egg, beer and water and keep beating (you will feel like Popeye soon ;-) ). Add the raisins and the grated apple. Stir until well-mixed.

Leave the batter covered with a wet cloth (or in a plastic bag) on a warm spot without any draft. Leave it for about an hour, until doubled in volume. Do not stir anymore!

Put papertowel in a colander.

Heat the oil in a deepfry pan up to about 175C

Dip two spoons in the hot oil and scoop some batter from the bowl and let it slip into the hot oil.

Fry the ‘oliebollen’ appr. 5 at a time for about 6 mins or until golden brown and done. Turn them every now and then.

Let them cool off in a colander, then put them on a dish and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


miao oliebollen.JPG     perfect batter.JPG     mlies oliebollen.JPG     deep frying.JPG     Dutch oliebollen!.JPG