Step inside the home of Mackie where she and her family are enjoying Hanukkah celebrations. Watch Mackie and her family celebrate their baby’s ‘first Hanukkah’. Find out about the traditions associated with this special time of year and how food, games, gift-giving and the lighting of the Menorah are important parts of a Hanukkah celebration.
A shared love of food
Every year during Hanukkah and the festive season, thousands of Jewish people across America eat Chinese food. This is a tradition that began over 100 years ago in New York City where Jewish and Chinese immigrants lived close to each other and Chinese restaurants were the only places open at Christmas and close enough to kosher.
We visit the busy Yang Chow restaurant where Jewish families queue for hours to eat their delicious chicken fried rice and slippery shrimp. Students can explore the busy kitchen at Yang Chow using our interactive 360° space.
This is actually the last restaurant we ate at prior to the pandemic and the first restaurant we came back to, to eat, was Yang Chow again.
Los Angeles: City of angels
Students can explore the sunny and vibrant city of Los Angeles, California. While LA is most famous for its movie industries, beaches and landscapes, it is also a city of incredible human diversity with millions of people and a huge range of cultures, making it a fascinating place to explore.
Discover some of the challenges of living in a global city like Los Angeles such as traffic and pollution. Learn how the city’s residents, or “Angelenos”, cope with living in a region prone to earthquakes and how they are prepared to keep as safe as possible.
Fried Rice and Latkes
Mackie and her family eat homemade latkes with a Chinese take-away meal. Latkes, special potato pancakes, cooked in oil to symbolise the miracle of Hanukkah, are a popular treat during Hanukkah. In this storyworld students will learn how to make delicious latkes, step by step and also how to make a typical Chinese dish, vegetable fried rice.
Mackie’s family Christmas takeaway order served with homemade latkes:
- 1 crispy beef
- 1 crispy chicken
- 1 chicken lo mein
- 1 hot and sour soup
- 1 sweet and sour chicken