Who Knew?

By Deejo | Thinking-Out-Loud | 11 Nov 2021

Telegram has a lot of posers so it’s hard to know who’s comments you are actually reading. However, I was reading posts that I believe to be from James Woods and saw one that made me laugh. After years of eating Chinese take-out, I just found out that those containers can be converted into a plate. Even in the movies people eat out of the containers in the box shape we get them in, so I guess I am not the only one who didn’t know.

In an interview with CBS, Peter Kim (Executive director of the Museum of Food and Drink) said that not only was this container made in the U.S.A. but that these Small Wonders are filled with food that is "as American as apple pie". This container was patented by Frederick Weeks Wilcox in 1894 and has never been used in China. 

These boxes are made from 1 piece of paper with seems. That allows the liquid to stay inside the box. The print on the boxes was added later. 

If you want to have some fun and make one from scratch, here is a link to instructions and templates for the Chinese Take Out Box

Next time you have Chinese take-out (if you're in the U.S.), try unfolding the box and enjoy easier access to your food.

Thank you for reading.



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The thumbnail image at the top of this article is from a compilation of screen shots that I took from the video Small Wonders: Chinese Take-Out Boxes.


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