Fried shuangbaotai with sesame seeds
Alternative names Horse hooves
Type Doughnut
Place of origin Taiwan
Main ingredients Dough
Cookbook: Shuangbaotai  Media: Shuangbaotai
Traditional Chinese 雙胞胎
Simplified Chinese 双包胎
Literal meaning twins
Minnan name
Traditional Chinese 馬花糋
Simplified Chinese 马花糋
Literal meaning horse hoof cake

Shuangbaotai (simplified Chinese: 双胞胎; traditional Chinese: 雙胞胎; pinyin: shuāngbāotāi) 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. It is made by twisting two small pieces of dough together and frying them, causing them to separate slightly while remaining connected.


The Mandarin Chinese name of this food, shuāngbāotāi (Chinese: 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 Hokkien name is 馬花糋 (bé-hoe-chìⁿ), which roughly means "horse-hoof cake", also in reference to its shape. Another Hokkien name is 雙生仔 (siang-siⁿ-á) meaning twins.


In Taiwan, shuangbaotai are a type of snack (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-style beignet from the United States.

See also

  • YTower — A famous maker of shuangbaotai (in Chinese)
  • Shuangbaotai at Chiayi Tourism Bureau website — includes photos of shuangabotai (in Chinese)

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