Chinese restaurants for Christmas Day


It’s Christmas time in the city–for most people that means Christmas ham or turkey, all the side dishes, and treats to finish.

Well, I said most.  For others, Christmas takes on a different palette of foods: lo mein, Szechuan chicken, and fortune cookies.

TC Jewfolk blogger Galit Breen describes her family’s whole set of Christmas activities, including, Chinese food. This right here is the bread and butter of a Jewish Christmas. I remember going out for Chinese food in San Francisco with friends, pre-marriage and pre-kids. It’s not quite the same vibe as taking three kids out for noodles slathered in soy sauce. But still: LOVE. My Israeli grandparents’ go-to celebratory food is Chinese food. One woman wrote her Master’s thesis about Jews and Chinese food. So I’m kind of thinking, the relationship between Jews and Chinese food? Is legit.”

If you’re looking for a new place to fulfill your Chinese tradition this Christmas, here are some restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day:

Chang’s Garden (612) 821-1111: Though relatively new compared to the other restaurants, Chang’s is no less worthy.  Chang’s Garden is in Minneapolis at 3023 Nicollet Ave. On Christmas they’ll serve their regular menu for their regular Saturday hours. Their egg rolls are a big hit.

Shuang Cheng (612) 378-0208: Operating almost 21 years at 1320 4th St. SE, Shuang Cheng will be open its regular hours, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  They serve a sit-down menu full of fresh seafood options.

Princess Garden (651) 488-0531: Known for its kung pao chicken, Princess Garden is a restaurant veteran, being in business for 30 odd years. In St. Paul, at 1665 Rice St., Princess Garden will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., serving its regular menu.

Peking Garden (612) 623-3989: Located at 1488 University Avenue near Office Max in St. Paul’s Midway shopping center, Perking Garden will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Christmas.  While they usually serve a buffet, on Christmas they will serve their dinner menu only. I suggest eggplant with shredded pork in a garlic sauce. 

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