Kosher food is the food consumed by Jews, which follows Kashrut or the Jewish dietary laws that consist of a selection of criteria and regulations to classify the food as pure, as per its German meaning. While the Kashrut exempts a handful of products for consumption, it gave birth to classic, delicious delicacies that even other nationalities came to love.
When visiting kosher restaurants in NYC to try Jewish food, you may refer to the following to help you decide which delicacies to choose.
- Challah. A staple at the Jewish table, specifically during the weekly dinner of the Shabbat, while its cooking time takes 3-4 hours, the result of the complementing textures of the crispy exterior and chewy interior makes the wait worth it.
- Matzo ball soup. The comfort food of the Jews is this bowl of matzo ball drenched in chicken soup. The highlight of the soup; a matzo ball, is made from unleavened flatbread infused with schmaltz or chicken fat, creating a light yet filling soup.
- Hamantaschen. The Purim holiday is the celebration of Haman’s defeat against the Jews, and, to commemorate this event, they serve this triangularly shaped treat filled with jam or chocolate named Hamantaschen.
- Latkes. This savory potato pancake is one of easiest to make. All you need is the traditional pancake recipe with added potatoes and onions. Blend the two in a food processor before incorporating them to the pancake batter, the process of breaking down chunks of potatoes will help in cooking the pancakes evenly.
- Kugel. This casserole dish served on Sabbath or holidays comes with two main variations which are the sweet and savory kind. In potato kugel,the ingredients are almost the same as Latkes; the difference, is that potato kugels are oven bake instead of deep fried. The sweet noodle kugel is a main course that also doubles as a sweet dish with its sugar content. It is made with egg noodles, cottage cheese and heaps of sugar.
- Shakshuka. Shakshuka’s spicy kick will wake anyone in the morning, serve it together with bread and you’ll get a tasty breakfast. To create this dish, first, create a tomato mixture according to your preference. Simmer the tomato sauce with a cast iron pan and leave it for a few minutes, or until the water from the tomatoes evaporates. After that, pop your eggs into the pan and once it cooks its ready to serve.
- Quiche. Quiche is similar to a pie with a crust and filling, but instead of custard, fruits or meat, quiche has eggs as its main ingredient. Together with mushrooms, cheese and other personal choices of ingredients, the quiche transforms a simple egg into a delicious treat.
- Charoset. The charoset is the symbol of slavery of the Jews under the Egyptian Pharaoh thousands of years ago. Despite the painful memory, charoset is served as a sweet treat made of chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon and red wine, a dessert to end your feast.
These are some of the classic Jewish foods that you can try for your next meal during your adventures in NYC.