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Sweet and savory folded dishes draw on international inspiration. [RECIPE]

Sweet and savory folded dishes draw on international inspiration.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/tribe/article/sweet_and_savory_folded_dishes_draw_on_international_inspiration_20100129

While growing up in Jewish Los Angeles, I was exposed to many traditional Ashkenazic dishes — kreplach, cheese blintzes and strudel, to name a few. But it wasn’t until I developed an interest in cooking that I realized most other cultures have similar dishes. Kreplach reminds me of Italian ravioli or Chinese pot-stickers, and the wrapping for cheese blintzes is the same as French crepes. My mother always put egg noodles in chicken soup, similar to Italian fettuccini. And the cabbage strudel that I make is like what the Hungarian strudel bars in Budapest serve.

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