Where to find kosher Chinese food in St. Louis


Kosher Chinese Food

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

The link between Jewish Americans and Chinese food is well documented but here’s a quick refresher.

North American Jews began their love affair with Chinese cuisine in the early 20th century when Ashkenazi and Chinese immigrants lived near each other in New York’s Lower East Side.

“It’s become urban folklore. But it has become a real phenomenon,” said Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, author of “A Kosher Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to be Jewish” in an interview with the Jewish Light in 2021.

And some of those Chinese-food-eating Jews kept kosher, which is why you can find kosher Chinese restaurants all around the world.

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All except St. Louis. As of last check, the crack team at the Jewish Light has not found any local Chinese restaurants that are openly kosher. That said, you still can find kosher Chinese food locally. Kohn’s Kosher Deli & Meat Market has been serving kosher Chinese food since 2020.

“We still do a takeout every Wednesday and Friday for dinner,” said Chef Doug Tapp. “Our menus are on a six-week cycle, so there will always be something new to try.”

Wednesday’s current menu includes:

  • General Tso’s Chicken Over White Rice – $16.
  • Pastrami & Pepper Stir Fry Over Noodles –  $17
  • Seafood Stir Fry Over White Rice – $17
  • Veggie Stir Fry Over Fried Rice – $16

Includes Asian Slaw, Egg Rolls and Fortune Cookies.

Wednesday orders can be placed any time before Tuesday at midnight. Orders can be placed via email at [email protected] or by calling (314) 569-0727. Orders can be picked up Wednesday between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Friday’s current Shabbat menu is designed as a dinner for four with two entree options:

  • Asian Short Ribs – $125
  • Sweet & Spicy Asian Chili Chicken Thighs – $90

Each entree comes with a Vietnamese shrimp roll appetizer, fried rice, an Asian noodle salad, marinated cucumber salad, challah rolls and almond cookies.

Friday orders can be placed any time before Thursday at midnight. Orders can be placed via email at [email protected] or by calling 314-569-0727. Orders can be picked up Friday between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

“Our customers tell us they really have enjoyed the Chinese take-out nights,” said Tapp.

Kohn’s Kosher Deli & Meat Market

10405 Old Olive Street Road
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