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Tuesday Taste Test: Happy Chinese Jew Year

Never has there been a sweeter love affair than the one between Jews and Chinese food. In honor of that enduring affection, and also because Chinese New Year is this week, we asked a couple of food bloggers to share … Read More

By / February 5, 2008

Never has there been a sweeter love affair than the one between Jews and Chinese food. In honor of that enduring affection, and also because Chinese New Year is this week, we asked a couple of food bloggers to share their favorite Chinese recipes.

Dylan over at Eat, Drink & Be Merry served up his beloved formula for Beef Noodle Soup. "Since there are hundreds of variations in China and Taiwan," he explained, "I picked two of my favorites and mixed them together: Szechuan and Taiwan style." Ever the embodiment of good taste and consideration, he specifically selected a dish that he felt would be appropriate for Jewcy Jews: "It's easy to make, and beef shank, as I have seen, is readily available in most Kosher markets."

Food-obsessed, Vietnamese-Chinese American blogger "Wandering Chopsticks" weighed in with her recipe for Shanghai-style Sticky Rice Siu Mai Dumplings. "Many Chinese are superstitious and want to start off the year with lots of luck," she explains. "Everything takes on symbolic meaning, including food. So, eat dumplings for wealth (because they resemble little money bags), and noodles for health (because they'll give you long life). One of my favorite recipes is for these Shanghai-style sticky rice siu mai dumplings. You may be more familiar with the pork versions often seen at dim sum restaurants. This version includes sticky rice, vegetables for color, dried shrimp, and Chinese sausage." The talented and generous gourmet hopes that these dumplings, which resemble little money bags, will bring lots of wealth to you in the coming Year of the Rat.

Whether you're Chinese, Jewish, both, or neither, feel free to share your own favorite Chinese dishes and recipes in the comments section.

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