Origins of Yao Char Guai:
the answer actually lies in Chinese folklore where they represent the treacherous Chancellor Qin Hui and his wife who plotted the death of the great General Yue Fei. As a result, they made these dough sticks in the shape of the human form in pair and dunked them into hot oil to torture them. (sounds like Voodoo doesn’t it?) This is the reason why they are also known in Cantonese as Yao Char Guai (oil fried “Hui” which sounds like “ghosts” in Cantonese) as a sort of curse on the treacherous couple.