While brisket, latkes and doughnuts are traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, Chinese food is the unspoken equivalent on Christmas.
For those of you who are wondering: Why is eating Chinese food on Christmas a Jewish tradition? The simple answer: Chinese restaurants are usually the only ones open for business. This means slick tangles of lo mein, piles of bulging dumplings, and, of course, sticky-salty-sweet kung pao chicken. It’s a feast of a different order — but a feast worthy of celebration.
We rounded up a medley of (lucky number) 8 classic Chinese American and even Chinese-Jewish recipes from around the web for you here to partake in this cross-cultural culinary experience in the comfort of your own home.