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.

My Mother’s Famous Chinese Egg Rolls by Steamy Kitchen








Shredded Pork and Chinese Celery Lo Mein by thirschfeld







Sesame Beef and Broccoli from Appetite for China










Gong Bao Ji Ding (Gong Bao Chicken) by FrancesRenHuang







Kung Pao Shrimp from Appetite for China









Matzoh-Crusted General Gau’s Tofu from Serious Eats








Chinese Almond Cookies from Simply Recipes







Red Bean Rugelach from Serious Eats

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