Jewish Asian Fusion Recipes –

Celebrate Jewish and Asian American Heritage Month with Matzah Ball Ramen and more.

American Jews have a special love for Chinese and Asian cuisine. This may be because of the proximity of Jewish immigrants from New York who settled on the Lower East Side next to the already established Chinatown. This may be because Asian cuisine does not include milk in meat-based dishes. And of course, Chinese restaurants were the only restaurants reliably open at Christmas, creating the modern tradition of Jews eating Chinese to “celebrate” the late-winter holiday.

May is Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is no coincidence that we once again find ourselves sharing our space together.

My personal Jewish and Asian connection begins in Shanghai. My grandfather was born in Russia, but when he was little his family was forced to flee the pogroms like so many other Jews of the time and he settled in Shanghai before emigrating to Toronto and marry my grandmother. Learn more about Jewish history in Shanghai here.

Although my connection to Asia was short-lived, many Asian American Jews are trying to find their place and identity. In addition to the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism in recent years, Asian Americans have experienced a staggering increase in hate crimes and violence since COVID-19 arrived on our shores. It is an unfortunate confluence of events that makes Jews and Asian Americans fearful and uncertain in these troubled times.

Looking for ways to build bridges and promote greater understanding and tolerance, I was happy to discover LUNAR. LUNAR cultivates connection, belonging, and visibility for Asian American Jews through authentic multimedia storytelling and intersectional community programming. This is the first episode of LUNAR focusing on food and how Asian American Jews connect to both their Jewish and Asian cuisines.

To celebrate our unique cultural heritage during the month of May, I’m excited to share some favorite Jewish/Asian fusion recipes from around the web.

Combining the flavors of matcha in a gorgeous green challah is the perfect way to blend the two cuisines. Get the recipe here.

If you watched the LUNAR video, you’ll see that this idea of ​​combining Matzah Ball soup with Ramen soup is a no-brainer. Get the recipe here.

This quick and fun Jewish/Asian mix recipe is easy to make and can be made before serving. Use prepared gefilte fish to make these dumplings. Get the recipe here.

Kristin from created these Japanese and Jewish recipes for making gefilte fish inspired by kamaboko. Instead of steaming the patties, I opted to pan fry them – this browns them nicely and gives them a nice crunch on the outside. Get the recipe here.

Kristin also developed these amazing savory latkes with mochi. Adding mochi flour makes latkes lighter in consistency, but the chewiness it adds makes it incredibly satisfying, even addictive, she says.

Get the recipe here.

Beef brisket is a famous Jewish food, so this version mixes it up with Asian flavors. Get the recipe here.

Latkes are one of the easiest foods to play and kimchi tops them.

Get the recipe here.

Using pastrami in this traditional Sichuan recipe is pure genius and another great Jewish-Asian fusion recipe you’ll want to try ASAP.

Get the recipe here.

Which Judeo-Asian fusion recipe should we work on next?

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