At breakfast, youtiao can be stuffed inside shāobǐng (Traditional Chinese: 燒餅, Simplified Chinese:烧饼; literally roasted flatbread)
to make a sandwich known as shāobǐng yóutiáo (Traditional Chinese: 燒餅油條, Simplified Chinese： 烧饼油条)
. Youtiao wrapped in a rice noodle roll is known as zháliǎng. In Yunnan, a roasted rice flour pancake usually wrapped around a youtiao is known as shaoerkuai (Traditional Chinese: 燒餌塊, Simplified Chinese: 烧饵块)
. Yet another name for a sandwich variant is jianbingguǒzi (Traditional Chinese: 煎餅果子, Simplified Chinese: 煎饼果子; literally youtiao and fried bread)
Youtiao are used to dip in to various soups, for example xidoufen.
Youtiao is also an important ingredient of the food Cífàn tuán in Shanghai cuisine.
Tánggāo (糖糕), or “sugar cake”, is a sweet, fried food item similar in appearance to youtiao but shorter in length.
In Thailand, youtiao or “pathongko” (ปาท่องโก๋) in Thai are eaten for breakfast with soymilk.