A plate of Mianwo from Wuhan
Traditional Chinese麵窩
Simplified Chinese面窝

Mianwo is a deep-fried, donut-shaped snack from Wuhan in Hubei province in central China. It is made from soy milk, rice milk, flour, sesame, and chopped Chinese scallion. Mianwo usually has a salty taste, but a sweeter variant may be made with diced sweet potato.

The origin of Mianwo is uncertain, but tradition dates it back to the Guangxu era of the Qing Dynasty (1875–1909). A local sesame cake maker, Chang Ziren, supposedly created the first Mianwo while experimenting with novel seed cake varieties in Hankou.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "Mianwo (round and thin fried dough with a crispy center)". Wuhan Municipal Government. 26 September 2007. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2020.