How to cook Chak Chak

How to cook Chak Chak

K-7 volunteer Linda Lee Blaine shares her recipe for Chak Chak that she learned while serving in the village of Saruu (Issyk-Kul) from 1999 to 2001.

Ingredients for making Chak Chak


  • 200g flour (about a cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • oil for frying


  • 250g honey (1 and 1/4 cup)
  • 50g sugar (1/4 cup sugar)

Directions for making Chak Chak

  1. Beat eggs with a fork or hand mixer and add baking soda, salt, and sugar
  2. add flour and mix to create a soft dough
  3. Put flour on a counter or parchment paper. Knead the dough, adding flour as needed until the dough doesn’t stick to parchment paper or fingers. Let the dough sit 20 minutes.
  4. Split the dough into two pieces and roll out very thin. Cut into strips about 1 inch wide and then let sit 10 minutes to dry.
  5. Cut strips into tiny pieces (the dough will puff up when frying)
  6. Fry in oil until golden brown. This can be done in a frying pan or deep fat fryer. When removing from the oil, put it on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  7. Mix honey and sugar and heat on low and bring to a simmer for 1 to 2 minutes
  8. Mix honey sauce with fried dough pieces
  9. Arrange on a platter or small plates and form into small mountains (you might want to run your hands under cold water to avoid possible burns or stickiness)

Video of how to make Chak Chak

Need more information? Here is a video where Linda demonstrates step by step exactly how to make Chak Chak to perfection!

Linda Lee Blaine

Linda Lee Blaine

A proud K-7, Linda Lee served as a TEFL volunteer in the village of Saruu (Issyk-kul) from 1999 to 2001. Linda Lee hails from Selah, Washington. After her Peace Corps service Linda Lee was one of the founding members of Friends of Kyrgyzstan. Linda Lee also attended the Peace Corps Fellows program in rural development at Western Illinois University. After a brief stint with U of I extension, Linda Lee has worked at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU since late 2009. Linda Lee loves to travel and has had the privilege to study in Spain as well as serving in the Peace Corps. When not traveling or volunteering, you can find her with her nose in a book or working on an arts and crafts project at home with her dog (Macho Nacho) and cats (Mishik and Betty Moop).

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