While much of the world is busy celebrating Christmas, many Jewish families are eating at Chinese restaurants. But instead of a quick dinner out, why not invite other Jewish families over for a delicious Chinese meal? These kosher Chinese recipes will help you to quickly and easily prepare a kosher Chinese-style meal for your family and friends.
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This recipe is quite easy if you are used to making soup for your Shabbat dinners. The Shabbat before Christmas, freeze 4 to 8 cups (depending on how many guests you are expecting) of your Jewish chicken soup broth to use as the base of egg drop soup. Then when Christmas comes, simply defrost the broth, bring to a boil, and slowly add beaten eggs and stir. Season the soup and garnish with spring onion.
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Chicken in lettuce cups is not only tasty and fun to eat but is also favored by those who are looking for an alternative to fried Chinese appetizers. Ground chicken and vegetables are stir-fried along with garlic and ginger and finished with a sauce rich in umami flavor. Diners can then spoon the filling into fresh lettuce leaves to eat "taco-style."
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Szechuan cuisine has made its way onto mainstream Chinese restaurant menus and is also simple enough to make at home. Kung pao is a popular preparation, often made with chicken or shrimp. But by swapping in tofu, this dish is ideal for vegetarians; it is also vegan, making it kosher to serve with meat dishes. Chock-full of vegetables and a delicious sauce, this stir-fry is a colorful and healthy addition to the menu.
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The preparation method for the chicken in this recipe is called "velveting," a marinating process that locks in the meat's moisture, making for an exceptionally tender texture. After the chicken sits in a combination of egg white, cornstarch, and salt, it is stir-fried along with broccoli and a flavorful mixture of oyster sauce and soy sauces. The result is a delicious dish that may be the star of the menu.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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This recipe may call for a package of stir-fry vegetables, but the end result will give the impression of anything but a quick and easy dish. Marinated chicken is stir-fried along with garlic and vegetables in a simple but richly flavored sauce of hoisin and soy sauce, along with a bit of sugar. The whole dish is topped off with roasted cashews, offering a welcome crunch and nutty finish.
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Bok choy, mushrooms, and onions are the three vegetables in this stir-fry recipe, and since the number three represents prosperity in Chinese culture, this dish is considered to be lucky. The marinated slices of flank steak are cooked first and then added later to the stir-fried mixture of garlic, ginger, and vegetables along with a sauce of soy sauces, sugar, and dry sherry. Perfect served over white or brown rice.
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Fried rice is often a family favorite, especially since it can be customized to include ingredients everyone loves. It is also favored by the cook since this one dish contains everything needed for dinner: carbs from the rice, protein from the eggs, and nutrients from the vegetables. And best of all, when it comes to dinner prep, this delicious rice dish is easier to make than you would expect. Feel free to change the veggies in the dish according to what you have on hand.
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Fried ice cream is often featured for dessert at Chinese restaurants, but it takes a bit of time to prepare. These fried bananas, however, are somewhat simple to put together and delicious to eat. This may be a Thai recipe, but when your guests get a glimpse of these egg-roll looking treats, no one will mind. Serve the fried bananas in a sweet syrup or over ice cream for a unique and tasty dessert.