Here the onions are salted first to draw out the moisture and then fried. If you are pressed for time or don't want to bother, omit the soaking and fry the onions a little longer over medium heat. Using a high proportion of savory fried onions to the chicken ensures that the filling for the kreplach won't be dry - even if the chicken left its flavor in the soup pot. "Jewish Holiday Cooking" by Jayne Cohen - a beautiful book, which was given to me by a nun who ate here one year during the High HolyDays. Chilling times & cooling times included. Submitted on September 2, 2008 in preparation of Rosh Hashonah meals.