Holy night! Fried and served with a spicy mustard, these are the perfect Jewish Chinese Christmas treat.
I’m a Jew who likes Christmas. Though not for the traditional reasons. I mean mistletoe, eggnog and sparkly lights are great and all, but I’m in it for the Chinese food. Like other Chosen People on this lonely day, I indulge in whatever action flick is in the theaters, and as much moo shu and fried rice as I can handle.
Why is it Jews love Chinese food so much? For one, there isn’t much else open on Christmas. But there are other theories. The Chinese takeout menu is pretty much the same wherever you go, a comforting thought. Likewise, Jews love eating at home. And if Chinese food isn’t the quintessential take-out food I don’t know what is! And besides the pork and shrimp, the dairy-free menu is easy to adapt to a kosher lifestyle.
Growing up, it was all about Cheng Du take out, but these days I make my own. This year I made some pot stickers with a nod to my favorite sandwich: pastrami on rye! Fried and served with a spicy mustard, these are seriously addictive. And the best part is when you are hungry again an hour later, all you have to do is fry a few more!
Amy Kritzer is a food writer and recipe developer in Austin, TX who enjoys cooking, theme parties and cowboys. She challenges herself to put a spin on her Bubbe’s traditional Jewish recipes and blogs about her endeavors at What Jew Wanna Eat. Her recipes have been featured on Bon Appetit, Daily Candy, The Today Show Blog and more. You can follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
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