Woks and Lox Dinner Party to Celebrate Jewish-Chinese Fusion

By Serena Solomon on December 24, 2013 2:01pm 

CHINATOWN — For some New Yorkers, Christmas isn't Christmas without Chinese food.

The third-annual Woks and Lox, a Jewish-Chinese fusion dinner party, will be held on Dec. 28 at Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown, offering a taste of both cultures.

"Ever since the first lonely Jew ordered Chinese takeout on Christmas, there has been an undeniable bond between Jews and Chinese," said the event's creators Jeff Orlick and Veronica Chan on the Woks and Lox website.

Orlick is a food blogger who gives eating tours of Queens, and Chan works in tech startups.

This year's Woks and Lox enlists the culinary talents of Shanghai-born food writer Chichi Wang, who now lives in Harlem.  She will be cooking alongside Noah Arenstein, a lawyer-turned-food blogger.

At last year's event, the duo cooked dishes such as Daikon, Napa Cabbage and Cucumber Dill Pickles, as well as Matzo Ball and Rice Cake Soup with Ginger Shiitake Broth.

Woks and Lox's custom beer, made with matzo and Sichuan peppercorns, will also be served.

In addition to the food, the event also offers entertainment, combining a Chinese auction with "Bar Mitzvah-esque partying," according to the Woks and Lox website. Proceeds from the auction will help the hurricane-ravaged Philippines.

The dinner party starts at 10 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, 13 Doyers St. Tickets are $68 and can be purchased online.

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