Asian Bat Mitzvah and has to be vegetarian
I want an Asian Bat Mitzvah that is Kosher but it has to be vegetarian. Douse any one know any web site that can help? Thanks.
I don't know why you won't mention where you live, because the people here can try to help identify someone in your area who can help make this happen for you. However, since you won't, we can only help you to a lesser extent.
I suppose the first thing to identify is whether you want an Asian-themed bas mitzvah, or simply Asian food. If it's Asian-themed, that means costumes and decorations. Bamboo and paper Chinese lanterns work fairly well for a start. As to vegetarian Asian food, there are plenty of recipes available on the internet for vegetarian Chinese/Japanese/Thai/Korean food which is either Vegetarina or can be adapted. To my knowledge, there's no site specifically for Asian-kosher food, whether vegetarian or not. Millie Chan has a kosher Chinese cookbook with some good recipes. Perhaps you have an Asian woman as a member of your shul who can help you with the recipes that she makes at home. I know in our neighborhood, there's a wife who's orthodox-Jewish Filipino, and of course my wife who's Cantonese, and maybe others. Kosher wrappers and noodles are available- we just found some Wing Hing noodles last week, and we can find Wng Hing wrappers easier, and potstickers, shu mai and eggrolls/spring rolls can all be done well vegetarian. And if you develop a filling you like, it can always be wrapped in bao dough.
If in Chicago - Tein Li Chow did a great job - we had bot their vegetarian and fleischig dishes - highly recommended
maybe you should rethink this idea.
I mean, if the kid and her family are
Veggies, it does not mean they have
to impose that on their guests. why
not offer Asian cuisine for all types?
Deis, I don't mean for this to turn into another Veggie debate.
I'm concerned that guests, especially kids, won't find anything
they'd like to eat at an Kosher Asian Veggie only party, and that
should be taken under consideration when planning any major event.
So if they did Veggie only, or Asian only, or skipped being certified Kosher, the
elimination of one restrictive factor may help them provide desirable offerings.
for example, were I to do a Veggie only Kosher party for kids,
In NYC I would have a Pasta and Pizza place cater it, such as;
Cafe Viva (Dairy, but Soy Cheese is available, closed Shabbat)
Viva Herbal Pizzeria ( 100% Vegan, expensive, open Shabbat)
You could also do Asian Kosher, and restrict just yourself to the
Vegetarian side of the menu, from a place that also had meat & fish.
(this may be harder than it sounds, since Kosher places like
Sushi Metsuyan, put meat or fish in practically every dish.)
you could be more exotic by doing Indian or Persian Vegetarian,
but I don't think 12 year olds have evolved enough pallets for it.
Look, I know kids can drive you nuts, and parents feel enormous peer pressure to out do their kids friends parents when it comes to parties their kids are going to forget by next Month. If people are principled enough to be Kosher and Vegan, they should also be able to focus on what is practical, not be pressured into doing something outlandish, like trying to cater an event with such a restrictive food theme. It only puts unappreciated pressure on other parents who can't afford to "compete". animelover, don't take that personally, I'm writing this as a general observation to all parents who feel these kids parties are more about competing with their neighbors, than making the kids happy, without driving themselves and other people nuts in the process.
re: Joe Berger
If the family is vegetarian, why not offer only vegetarian food? It can still be very. very good. It's not necessarily a step down. And if your concern is that there won't be meat for the seudah, the fact is that most orthodox who would care wouldn't have a bas mitzvah celebration on Shabbos. So either it's someone to whom eating meat on Shabbos doesn't matter, or it's happening on a different day, when nobody would have the opinion that there's a requirement to eat meat.
animelover, now that I realize you might be an 11 year old girl,
let me give you some simple advice your parents will appreciate.
don't worry about how much things cost. parties are not like grocery stores.
meat & fish is NOT expensive because it is more commonly catered.
vegetarian or dairy can often cost MORE because it is rarely catered.
give your parents a list of your 3 favorite kinds of party food,
and let them decide what is practical and affordable to serve.
a way you can help them understand what food you like is
to relate it to a restaurant or vacation where you ate it last.
that way they will know exactly what you are talking about.
If you imagine Asian food is good, but have not tried it yet,
you really should try an Asian meal beforehand to be sure
it is actually to your liking. Asian is also too broad a term,
which could mean Chinese, Japanese, Thai, so it's best to
associate what you like with an actual meal you once had,
since your friends may like Chinese food, but hate Thai food.
re: Joe Berger
Thank you. I understand. I have already told them and it would probly be like stir fri and egg rolls and rice and stuff. Are catere is acolly are ribas and is really pretty cheap. This more just like a party for me bacaous I am really 13 but my Uncle allen was in Iraq during my 12 birthday and said he would not miss it for the world so I held it off for him.
Vegetarian by definition includes eggs, milk and milk products, otherwise it's vegan. I am also an animal lover, so I applaud this choice, although I have attended large, formal vegetarian weddings where I heard complaints from the carnivores--as if a simcha should be mainly about what you eat--not!
There can be lots of noodles dishes which kids could be very happy with, since spaghetti et. al. is a choice for children.
(BTW, animalover, do a fast spell check before you post, c'mon!)
Foodie 18- Not that it has anything to do with the question, but you seem to be understanding animelover's "name" as "animal lover." I believe it actually means "anime lover," a reference to the Japanese animation style. Therefore, I would not assume the young girl in question is representing herself as an animal lover. In addition, she already said the choice of vegetarian food was a cost decision, not an ethical one.