Horseshoe Fried Doughnuts (Ma Kiok) Recipe

Do you remember during the beginning of MCO back in March when we all first started staying home with nothing much to do? We began to experiment in the kitchen; looking for some easy viral recipes to make. Those were the days when you can see almost everyone posting on social media their Dalgona Coffee or You Tiao (Yau Char Kwai) or even Roti Canai. 

Well where I am staying at, we are now experiencing CMCO. That means schools are close and the kids are back with online studies. We are also not allowed to cross borders and just like MCO, we are spending a whole lot of time at home. In fact, we are spending all of our time at home. 

With so much time in hand, I’m not going to make You Tiao because that fler had taken centre stage already earlier this year. This time I’m going to make something I like better than Yau Char Kwai. I’m making Ma Kiok. 

If you like Chinese Street Snacks, you’ll know of these 4 brothers – Yau Char Kwai, Ma Kiok, Ham Chim Peng and Kap Zhong. Among these four, my least favourite is actually Yau Char Kwai. I only eat Yau Char Kwai with porridge or Bak Kut Teh. For snacks, I love Ma Kiok and Ham Chim Peng. I also like Kap Zhong though that can be really heavy and filling to the tummy.

It’s actually very easy to make all of the above. It’s quite time consuming though as it has a lot of proofing and waiting time but it’s also good as we can do other stuffs in between. 


Dough Starter
100g plain flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon yeast
150ml water
300g plain flour
100g sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon alkaline water / lye water
140ml water

Sweet Batter
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon corn flour
1 tablespoon plain flour
2 tablespoon water

White Sesame Seed

Anyway, if you are like me, who is not good in reading such a long instruction, just watch this video to see how simple it actually is to make Ma Kiok. My boys love it so much that all these were gone within minutes once they are cooled enough to be eaten!

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5 Comments + Add Comment

  • //

    Wow…that is a lot of sesame seeds alright. :D Look so crunchy.

  • //

    this with some coffee.. perfect breakfast.

  • //

    Same here. I always buy the 4 except for you too. Tasty your homemade ma keok.

  • //

    They look more like doughnuts than horses’ hoofs. The ones here in Sibu look like scrotums/testicles so we call them lampha koi! The Malays call them pelir kambing! LOL!!!

  • //

    I love to eat them. I just had them for lunch today at Starling’s “I Love Yoo” stall.

    I want to try your recipe. Thank you!

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