9/26/18 – Yiddish


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

We continue to ask food questions daily here at 5CT, and today is a special treat, because today’s post will join Yogurt in the lonely Y folder of the archive. Going to the tape:

LearnedLeague precedent (LL78, MD14) – What Yiddish term is used for the rendered chicken fat that is stirred into chopped liver and added to latkes and kugel, and whose preparation results in a crispy byproduct known as gribenes?

I knew this one cold. The correct answer schmaltz (which I spelled smaltz in the below question) is included in what might be my favorite 5CT question ever, found in the Holy Week – Judaism questions.


The riddle-style question with the question “What am I?” being answered with “Chopped liver” pleases me every time. I’ve gone 4 for 4 so far this season. Will the streak continue (eventually, no).

I thought about a post on chicken fat, but thought we could go language instead. Like schmaltz (as well as the bagel, lox, and schmear in the cover photo), today’s post will be about foods whose names come from the Yiddish languages. L’khayim!

Name the popular street food seen here. It’s made of dough often surrounding mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, onions, or ground meat, and then fried, grilled, or baked.

Question 1

2. Also a word meaning “a big fuss”, what stew shown here has a base of carrots along with prunes or raisins, and flavored with honey or cinnamon?

Question 2

3. What porridge is shown here, made of buckwheat cereal grains? It’s often considered a national dish in Russia, and the Yiddish plural form of this word is also the same spelling as a whole-grain cereal brand in the US.

Buckwheat Kasha
Question 3

4. Give the Yiddish name (not Russian name) of the dish seen here.

Question 4

5. Often eaten during Purim, name the pastry seen here, a rolled-up pastry filled with jam, raisins, nuts, or chocolate (shown here), often made with a cream cheese dough.

Question 5

6. In kashrut dietary law, what Yiddish term is used to describe foods that contain neither dairy nor meat?


1. Knish
2. Tzimmes
3. Kasha (plural kashi)
4. Blintz
5. Rugelach
6. Pareve

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