Isn’t Russian Food Just Like Jewish Deli Food? It Isn’t?
You might think the food your ancestors from the Russian Empire ate is similar to the food in a Jewish deli — chopped herring and liver, bagels with lox. There are similarities, but athe food that has come to be known as Jewish food in America is a fusion of Russian and American. For instance, the American habit is to make sandwiches out of everything. We don’t do that in Russia. We eat smoked salmon and herring, but not in a sandwich or on a bagel. We eat the fish with boiled potatoes and raw onions on the side. And we eat poppyseed bagels, but we don’t put anything inside them, not even cream cheese. (In fact, there is no cream cheese in Russia.)