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Xi De Li (西得利) Fried Dough Fritter (A Singapore Food Post)

An unforgettable childhood memory of memory of mine was eating a simple home-made doughnut during a particular trip to Mindoro to visit relatives back in the 1990s.  The pastry itself wasn't unusual (it was a simple dough coated with sugar); but what stuck to me was how it was cooked.  It was fried!  And me, naive as I was, always thought that doughnuts were baked, hence should be considered one of the lesser sweet treat evils.

This belief I held on to til the early 2000s when, as I was in the midst of trying to lose weight (a lot of extra poundage, believe me), I was finally made to see the reality that indeed doughnuts were fried (the horror!!!), and I regretfully had to let them go from my diet.  I vowed never a fried dough would touch my lips again (a promise I wasn't able to keep but I was able to relegate this sinful dessert as an occasional bi-yearly treat.  Hehehe!)

Now the Husband, God bless his mutant fast metabolism, is a voracious eater and no matter what he eats and how many meals he has in a day, could never, for the life of me, even gain a single pound.  And one of his usual daily snacks would include these fried dough fritters from Xi De Li (西得利) called You Tiao.

Xi De Li (西得利), ION Orchard, Singapore

Selling for S$1.00 (Php33.00) a piece, this Chinese cruller or doughnut is simply a long strip of dough deep fried to a nice golden brown.

Sticks of You Tiao on display

Locals usually eat them dipped in coffee (now that I think of it, it does look a little like a thick churro); but if you ask the Husband, eating them as is is just as good.

Up close

For those who aren't fans of fried dough (like me), Xi De Li (西得利) also sells one mean Curry Puff (S$1.50 / Php49.50*).

Curry puff

Singapore takes their curry seriously so, unlike those sold here in RP, this pasty is, as expected, a little on the spicy side.  It's really good and hot and one piece isn't enough, believe me.

Xi De Li (西得利) also sells other scrumptious local snacks like butter buns, sesame balls, mix fritters and red bean delicacies.  I wouldn't expect any less from a business that's been around since the 1960s.  J

S$1 = Php33*


Xi De Li (西得利)
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn 
#B4-03/04, Orchard
Singapore 238801

Please visit the Xi De Li (西得利) website (click here for the site) for more information on menu items and branch locations.

Planning to visit?  Drop by my "Getting Around Singapore" post (click here) for more details on how to get around the Lion City.


  1. I used to be a fan of doughnuts too! But when my prof back in college shared how he hates doughnuts 'cause they're empty calories, I convinced myself not to eat them anymore. My no-doughnut streak is now broken though, after 4 years... And I'm blaming my food blog! Haha!

    Anyway, those You Tiao look really good! I'd love to try them when I visit SG. The curry puff looks promising too!


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