do you have a picture of it? is it put into the soup or served on the side edit: the only fried bread-like things i can think of are [youtiao (fried dough sticks) ](https://thewoksoflife.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/youtiao-11-1-500x500.jpg) or [fried mantou (fried plain buns) ](https://thebigfatnoodle.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/fried-man-tou-buns-up-close.jpg). more likely to be the mantou if eaten on the side, never seen youtiao in mala before.


Sounds like youtiao to me. So good!


I friggin love you tiao in mala soup! Keep in mind that it can come in two forms: 1. You can get it fresh from a Chinese/Taiwanese breakfast place where you’d usually eat it by itself or eat it with soy milk 2. You can find it dried up (usually in the dry food or bread section of an Asian market). This is the kind you put in hot pot. The label might be something like 「火鍋油條」(hot pot youtiao)