Does anyone else think it’s weird that people in movies and on television shows eat directly out of Chinese food takeout boxes? Do people really do this? I find this behavior baffling for a number of reasons:
1. I am not Chinese, but my family frequently ate Chinese food, and we always ate it family style, meaning we shared the dishes. The people on TV are never by themselves when they eat out of the container, so how do they share? Switch boxes halfway through?
2. When we get Chinese takeout, we order dishes that have sauces, like Mandarin Pork or Tofu with Vegetables. The sauces tend to leak. In addition, the warm sauces render the boxes too flaccid to hold firmly. If you tried to eat one of these dishes directly out of the box, you’d be playing with fire. Fire, I say!
3. I can see how it would be possible to eat, say, chow mein or something with a low sauce factor out of the container, but you know, those boxes are pretty small, and the food is usually highly compressed. Chow mein, like a good red wine, needs room to breathe, don’t you think?
I just keep thinking of that line from Repo Man: “Put it on a plate, dear, it’ll taste better.”
So fess up! Have you ever eaten Chinese food directly out of the box? Should I try it?
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