Yeh recently posted a photo of a skillet filled with delicious-looking latkes combined with eggs and lox on Instagram and asked, “Shouldn’t latkes be passover food too because they are the perfect carb stand-in for bread??” A fan was amazed by her suggestion and wrote, “Skillet latke?! Genius idea, especially for Passover. Can’t wait to make it!” In addition to adding a way to replace carbs excluded by dietary restrictions, Yeh’s creative suggestion to include latkes in the Passover tradition seems to fit with her broader ideas on being inclusive with food and culture.
According to a piece by 18doors, Molly Yeh’s parents come from different backgrounds. She has an Episcopalian Chinese father and a Hungarian Jewish mom. She is proud to incorporate lessons from her mixed roots into everything she does. She said, “From the beginning, I was into creating food that I didn’t see anywhere else, food that combined my Chinese and Jewish heritages, like scallion pancake challah… pastrami eggrolls. I stuck to what I was really passionate about.”
Additionally, she feels very strongly about her Jewish roots and said she plans to teach her daughter, Bernie, about Judaism: “I do love Jewish culture and Jewish values and will teach them to her.”