油条 (yóutiáo) and 豆浆 (dòujiāng) are two important components of a classic Chinese breakfast.
It’s morning. Maybe the sky is blue. Down on the street the little stalls are opening, and the smell of cooking oil and fresh chives reaches your window. You’re in China. And it’s breakfast time.
A yóutiáo - literally, “oil strip” - is a deep-fried, puffy churro, baked in two parts, so it can easily be split and shared. Amazing.
To go with it - you’re probably thirsty - why not have some dòujiāng? Served in a bowl (or nowadays often in a sealed plastic cup with a straw), this soy milk can be served hot or cold, with or without added sugar. You can even dip your yóutiáo in it.
The combination is so popular that love songs are written about it, and MacDonald’s and KFC sell it as part of their Chinese localization strategy.
If it's healthy? A topic of lively debate. Wikimedia Commons