Food Memories

peter pan bakeryThey say that the way to a man’s heart is his stomach, but I believe that the path actually leads directly to the brain. Merely mentioning food can unlock troves of memories thought to have disappeared long ago. This year, I asked the festival-goers waiting in line at our Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival to share the memories traditional foods like egg rolls and egg creams evoke for them, and the responses poured in. Here are a few of their answers:

“‘Egg Cream’ was what Harriet the Spy ordered at the restaurant after school in NYC!” -Eileen, grew up in Westchester

“Growing up, we would order Chinese food every week. My favorite were the egg rolls, which were quite a novelty for a Jewish girl in the Bronx in the 1940s. Eventually, the woman taking orders recognized my voice when I’d call!”

“First read about egg creams in ‘Road Food Good Food.’ Immediately made them for everyone!”

“I am from Canton (Guanhzhou), China. I believe egg rolls are a type of dim sum (a genre of Cantonese food.) However, I did not like egg rolls at all when I was in China. I started to like them when I came to the US and ate my first egg roll in a Chinese restaurant here. I guess its just the feeling of home that makes me like egg rolls again.” -Liyan, a wonderful MAES intern

“In college, I’d invite my crushes back to my dorm for egg creams!”

Do you have a favorite egg roll or egg cream memory to share? Comment below– we’d love to hear it!

Categories: History, Jewish History, Recipes

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