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A Quick Guide to Popular Jewish Foods in Fort Lauderdale

Have you ever been to South Florida? If you have, then perhaps you’ve heard of a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale or two that feature some amazing delicacies and savory dishes. In that case, it’s impossible for you not to have tried eating some delectable Jewish cuisines! Don’t say you haven’t; maybe you just didn’t know that what you’re eating is actually under that list? Well, in any case, check out this guide for some Jewish dishes that you can find in Fort Lauderdale!

1. Bagels

Yes, bagels! As many of you already know, bagels have become the most famous Jewish food in, well, basically everywhere. And how couldn’t it be? It’s one of the simplest dishes in terms of both flavor and preparation — which makes it so appealing to people. Because of its humble simplicity, paring it up with any other dish or ingredient becomes completely effortless. You can eat it plain, first add cinnamon, or partner it with cream cheese, optionally with meat or fish!

2. Blintz

This is a sweet and heavenly pastry that resembles the very thin crepe. People can also be as inventive and imaginative with this dish when it comes to what goes inside, but the version of this delicacy that you’d usually see in a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, and find to be a very famous dish, is the version overloaded with cheese inside! You can never go wrong with cottage cheese, ricotta, or cream cheese. And with fruits glazed all over it, it becomes much like a piece of heaven in your mouth.

3. Chopped liver

Chopped liver is mainly served as an appetizer, especially during the holidays. But in restaurants, you can also find it served as a sandwich or with some vegetable salads. Most people don’t think that chopped liver is very appetizing to look at, but even kids tend to want more and more of it as they take a bite, whether or not they even know what they’re actually eating!

4. Knish

Have you tried eating the Mexican empanada or the Russian piroshkis? Well, the Eastern Europe knish is a lot similar to these two dishes, except that each version from a different country would feature completely different flavors due to their geography and the types of plants and livestock available there. For the knishes you’ll find in Fort Lauderdale, expect it to go with heaps of potatoes and spinach!

5. Kaiser Rolls

Also known as Hard Rolls, this bread can be paired with more saucy or runny ingredients like the egg. Bagels simply couldn’t pair up greatly with eggs, since its runniness would make the bread soggy in mere moments! The hard rolls, however, was baked to have texture that can supplement the bagel’s shortcomings — making it a good choice if you want to go overboard with your sandwich ingredients.

6. Matzo Balls

This is considered by many as the best comfort food among all Jewish dishes. Matzo is a type of unleavened flatbread, and it is used to make this bready yet bouncy dish. The balls are added to simple chicken or beef broth, with other optional ingredients such as onions, ginger, eggs, etc., served usually for a sick person to get better, or when people are celebrating a holiday. It sounds similar to Chinese dumpling soup, doesn’t it? Well, the comfort of steamy-hot broth down your throat as well as the fluffy softness you’ll feel with each bite is similar when eating dumpling and when eating matzo balls.

7. Nova and Lox

These are the thin slices of fish, specifically salmon, that you’d usually pair up with bagels during brunch. The only difference between nova and lox are the ways they were cured. Lox is preserved fresh salmon using salt and sugar or brine, while nova is cured then cold-smoked. Due to the difference in their preparation, these two also differ in taste — whether that’s the intensity of their fishiness or smokiness. Needless to say, a bite of these foods will instantly wake up your senses and bring you closer to the sea, giving anyone who eats them a sense of freshness that’s perfect for removing hangovers. Now, you might not consider the nova or lox to be genuinely Jewish, but delis (from the German word delicatessen which are shops that sell cold cuts, cheeses, and cured meats) that feature Jewish cuisines can’t be complete without these. After all, what’s a bagel without salmon?

And so with that, you are ready to explore any restaurant in Fort Lauderdale that features famous Jewish cuisines, armed with knowledge and perhaps with newfound hunger that would encourage you to go out there and grab a grub! Don’t miss your chance of having a taste of these delicacies, because otherwise, you’ll regret it.

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