November 03, 2004
birth and egg foo young.
- the movie was quiet, as in "very little music or talking" quiet, which made it difficult to eat popcorn without feeling guilty for disturbing the other 5 people in the theatre.
- Nicole Kidman reminded us of Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby.
- I was jealous that she lived in a snowy New York that wasn't quite cold enough to require her to wear stockings with her skirt and moonboots when she visited her husband's grave.
- I wonder how far they had to search for ugly bamboo wallpaper. because you know that wasn't an accident, they WANTED to make that bedroom butt-ugly.
Ok, that's all I got on the movie. if you liked Repulsion, or French New Wave Thrillers, you'll probably like this flim.
Anyway. Before the movie, while we were eating dinner at the fantabulous 50's american-style "Canton Tea Garden" we wondered:
is it a midwestern thing to actually remove the chinese takeout from the beautifully shaped cartons and arrange everything on a plate before eating?
Because Blondie and I reflected upon this topic (ultra important, on this election night) : when we watch movies, and tv, and look at the magazines and holodeck presentations, people always are eating their takeout directly from the carton with chopsticks. waving the chopsticks in the air like they're not wishing the barbecue pork fried rice had a little goo from the mongolian beef, laughing and smiling and chewing and whatnot.
now, I'm a big fan of chopsticks, use 'em all the time, but the eating straight from the carton? who does that? I mean. really. How unsanitary. and, how do you get the rice all in there, to get all the tasty eggfooyoung goo, if you eat out of the carton?
yeah. I know. it's not all that important. but, while sitting with our tea and cookies, with our chicken kow and our egg drop soup, it was an end-all, be-all curiosity.
so, anyway. how do you-all eat chinese takeout?
Posted by Heather at November 3, 2004 08:57 AM
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I guess my question re: the ubiquitous eating of chinese food directly from the carton is, don't these people ever order chinese food where you have to mix stuff together? Like sweet and sour chicken. What do they do then? Just put the rice and the sauce directly in the carton with the overbreaded and greasy chicken chunks?
Or do you only eat noodle dishes directly out of the carton? Dunno. I'm a spoon it out of the carton onto a plate kind of guy.
Posted by: Marty at November 3, 2004 03:30 PM
ummmmmm . . . I do eat it out of the container, unless I am with someone and we're sharing, then the whole plate thing comes into play . . . so perhaps this has to do with my whole *loner* vibe and your whole *cast of a thousand faboo friends* status :)
Posted by: kat at November 3, 2004 05:25 PM
Duh? You cover it with gossamer thin layers of chedder cheese (applied with a high pressure hose of some sort), deep fry it in some kind of animal fat (i'm partial to wild boar...or panda)and slap it between two slices of white bread. Voila! Comida china estilo estadounidense! (see you on the unemployment line in about 3 months)
Posted by: Wally Bamboopaper at November 3, 2004 11:51 PM
I'm with you: plate, bed of rice, food on top. Stir fry leftovers with eggs in the morning to make own version of egg foo yong (OK, that last part is my own quirk). Never realized that plating chinese food was midwestern thing.
Besides, until the recent staple-less paper containers, you couldn't put them in the microwave, and no self-respecting Chinese restaurant serves its takeout in plastic!
Posted by: Ray Koltys at November 4, 2004 05:03 PM
Chinese on the plate, rice out of the carton. I never mix the two, it's always grossed me out, though I don't know why.
Posted by: j at November 24, 2004 02:15 PM