Mixed Traditions

What multicultural dish evokes the most holiday memories for you?

Send an email to everyhapa@gmail.com telling us a brief story of your mixed traditions during the holidays by attaching a high-quality photo of yourself including your name, ethnicity and current location.

Volga and Korean dishes


The holidays for us are a mixture of Volga German and Korean dishes. My maternal grandma always prepared Butterball Soup, a hearty chicken soup with egg noodles and dumplings made of bread crumbs rolled into balls with generous amounts of butter. My mother-in-law can always be counted on to make either duk mandu gook or jap jae, the former being a chicken or beef broth dumpling soup with rice cakes and the latter being a plate of glass noodles stir fried with strips of beef, sometimes seafood, and fresh veggies. Putting them together makes for an eclectic meal, but one that feeds our souls.


Melissa & Michael Hanh
European American (Irish, Welsh, English, Volga German). My husband’s mom is Korean and his dad was German American.
Phoenix, Arizona



My mom was always asked to bring her mandoo to any big friends and family dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have fond memories of loaded up buffet plates with traditional American fixings and my mom’s mandoo and a small scoop of kimchi on my plate and hers.


Michelle Borok
Darhan-Uul, Mongolia



My favorite New Years Eve dish is sukiyaki, which is a Japanese dish of hot pot-style stew. Nothing brings in the holidays more than a simmering pot filled with sliced beef, tofu, noodles and vegetables, engulfing the house with the sounds and smells of sweet soy sauce. To me, sukiyaki represents more than a dish – it means tradition and bringing a little piece of Japan closer to home.


Chris Buswell
Half Japanese
San Jose, California