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Old 05-28-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Not sure whether this should go in the Food section of C-D, but since food is such an important part of our religion and culture, I think it is worthwhile to open a thread in davka the Judaism part of C-D.

We can talk about favorite holiday or Shabbat foods or simply foods that Jews enjoy.

I love spicy food so there aren't a lot of options in Ashkenazi cuisine. When I visited Israel, I discovered harissa, this hot sauce from North Africa that I love putting on everything. Unlike most American hot sauces, it doesn't have an overpowering vinegar taste, and has spices in it other than chili, which is what I love about it. I love ptitim (Israeli "pearl" couscous) and falafel on laffa (which I always put hot sauce on). Laffa is like pita bread but it's larger. I also enjoy chocolate balls and shakshuka, a North African Jewish dish of poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce.

I do enjoy Ashkenazi food from time to time, never passing on having a good bagel or potato kugel. But I can't stand their gefilte fish or pickled herring. Ugh! Thankfully I'm trying to go vegetarian so I won't need to eat those, though I do miss lox and brisket, staples of the Ashkenazi diet. And kneidelach (matza balls) doesn't taste as good with vegetable stock .

What are your favorite Jewish religious or cultural foods?
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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#1: Chulent (preferrably made by a Jew of Morrocan or Syrian decent).

#2: Any other Chulent
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Borakus, Baba Ganush, Matza Brei, Kugel, Kishka
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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Latkes, gefilte fish, knaidlach (matzoh balls), challah
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:40 PM
 
Location: CO
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Felafel, Israeli salad, hummus, lox, corned beef, pastrami
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:25 PM
 
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Matzo Balls in chicken soup as well as lox with bagels and cream cheese are among my favorites. I also like challah and much refer an Israeli salad over an American salad. Shakshuka and couscous served by North African Jewish Israelis are also food that I like to eat sometimes. (On a side note, the Chinese have a similar dish to shakshuka that they serve with rice, but it has different spices than the North African style shakshuka but it is also quite good.)
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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#1: Chulent (preferrably made by a Jew of Morrocan or Syrian decent).

#2: Any other Chulent
Someone on this board really likes cholent!

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pastrami
How could I forget pastrami! One of my favorite Ashkenazi foods. To parody the famous saying: Es iz shver, a vegetarier tzu sein! (is that how you say vegetarian in Yiddish?)
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Challa
Falafel s
Israeli salad
Matzoh ball soup, but the balls have shreds of chicken.
Tsimmes
Every meal during Passover. Especially when sharing with other people, their recipes.
Home made chocolate toffee walnut covered matzah.

Tuna fish. ( Not just any tuna fish) The one served at our Oneg Shabbat in our synagogue.
The ladies will not give me their secret recipe.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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-potato knishes
-bagels and cream cheese
-bialies (not sure if they're Jewish or just NY)
-challah
-falafel
-noodle kugel - my SIL's recipe
-potato kugel
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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I hate to rain on the parade, but it seems to me that there is a lot of mixing of essentially middle European food staples, the application of Yiddish to most, with a smattering of foods that are truly Jewish in origin. For example the ubiquitous bagel is of 17th century Polish origin, where that origin is Jewish is highly speculative at best and that is just one example.
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