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Adventures in Shanghai’s surprising Jewish cuisine

Joan Lipinsky Cochran | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:06 am

To find the Shanghai Jewish Center on a recent trip to China, I drove by a guarded gatehouse, past a series of windowless buildings to a large white villa with an elegant marble staircase and grand portico. Inside the brightly lit foyer, a Chinese woman escorted me through heavy wooden doors to what must have been the living room, but was now furnished with eight tables and a wine cabinet. Two businessmen — one in a kippah — chatted quietly over their dinner.

I had arrived at the Kosher Cafe, the only restaurant where I or, for that matter, any of Shanghai’s Jewish residents and visitors can dine out on kosher food.

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