How to Make a Seder Out of Chinese Food
(It Can Be Done!)
by Jessica and Melissa
- The matzah:
There are a number of things that could if you think about it could
replace matzah for example those scallion pancakes theyre even
flatter than the matzah. How about fortune cookies they're
especially good for the afikoman plus you dont need to give the
kids money there reward is the fortune also if they come prewrapped
they're not messy at all when they're hidden.
- The seder plate:
First of all there are five components to the seder plate the egg,
shank bone, bitter herbs, parsley and haroseth. When you order a
meal you can order fried rice and or egg drop soup. Fried rice
always contains a little egg not much but just enough for your
seder. The soup well just look what type it is. Next we have the
shank bone, which can easily be replaced by spare ribs (just as for
beef). Now the bitter herbs, to get the bitter herbs just ask them
to make the dishes you order extra spicy to get the effect of
bitterness. Parsley is probably the easiest to replace, just order
steamed vegetables or some meal consisting of broccoli or snow
peas. Now onto the most difficult of them all haroseth. Well
haroseth contains nuts which can be found in a number of dishes as
can some form of liquor, but the only sad part is if the restaurant
doesnt have anything with apples buy a few at your local food store.
Now onto an object not always considered part of the seder plate,
saltwater. I'm almost certain that the ingredients of soy sauce
contain a little water and tons of salt. Plus it also tastes better
with the green vegetable.
- Other traditions:
The wine. How can anyone have a seder without wine? Well with a
Chinese dinner you can either buy your wine at a store or order a
dish with liquor in it, its that easy. The cup of Eyleeyohu can be
filled with either store bought wine or just take the sauce from
the dish and pour it into the cup. But I'm sure most people prefer
the store bought one.
Washing the hands just simply request either a steaming hot towel
or a wet towel in a package.
For the plagues just dip your finger into either the wine or the
sauce of the dishes you have preordered.
For the bitter herbs just try to eat one of those extremely hot
peppers they give you, if you even eat a little youve fulfilled your
duty for that year! For the other combinations just use the above
suggested cedar and put them together accordingly.
It wont hurt to try this a few times, hey you might even enjoy it
more. Just remember two things one make sure you do other parts of
the service even if not mentioned, and two dont forget to tip the
Good Luck On Your Seder!