Yup that’s apparently the truth! The Churro which is a long dough stick usually covered with sugar and cinnamon originates from the You Tiao.
The history as written in Wikipedia states that:
The Churro was were brought to Europe by the Portuguese. The Portuguese sailed for the Orient and, as they returned from Ming Dynasty China to Portugal, they brought along with them new culinary techniques, including modifying the dough for You tiao also known as Youzagwei in Southern China, for Portugal. However, they modified it by introducing a star design because they did not learn the Chinese skill of “pulling” the dough (the Chinese Emperor made it a capital crime to share knowledge with foreigners). As a result, churros are not “pulled” but rather extruded out through a star-shaped die.
Ok, we know both the Westerners and the Asians reading this post will be puzzled on why we actually find this interesting. Well the interesting part is in how they are eaten. Let us explain:
Dipping Beverage of Choice: Hot Chocolate or Café con leche (Spanish Latte)
Dipping sauce: Chocolate
Usually rolled in Cinnamon & Sugar
Dipping Beverage of Choice: Soya Bean Milk or Coffee/Tea
Dipping sauce: Eaten by it’s own
Traditionally not rolled in anything
Fancy some You Tiao with Chocolate sauce or perhaps some Churros with Soya Bean Milk?