The Gist: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg on The Americans and Chinese food cartons.

15 May

The Gist: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg on The Americans and Chinese food cartons..

7.29am friday 2015

interesting and funny take on why the films always depict the actors eating from the chinese pagoda paper takeaway. there is a long advert before the video … at the end of video he shows that actually, that pagoda takeaway container can be unfolded into a plate. i did not know that and it seems logical when i see it done. yet no one is shown unfolding it and using it as a plate.  i wonder why we in uk dont have that. what do we have here? we have the plastic container or styrofoam ones that macdonalds do.

perhaps the chinese pagoda takeaway is expensive. in ebay they are selling it 20 for US$11. 55cents each. about 31p.

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this is what we get in uk when we buy a takeaway. i like it because they can be reused. but not only that, it is very easy to use it to eat out of, unlike the pagoda paper container. they cost 50 for £5.96. about 20p each.

added. these prices cannot be trade prices surely? if i were a takeaway business i should be able to buy them in bulk for less. 5p each i should think. and what casual buyer will buy these when u can get them every time u get a takeaway or a supermarket ready meal. and if u wait like simon for the supermarket reductions at the end of the day, u will get these meals for 30p or less.

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6 Responses to “The Gist: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg on The Americans and Chinese food cartons.”

  1. Garfield Hug Friday May 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    Interesting share! I never knew the pagoda cartons can be unfolded into plates!! Here we still use banana leaf on wax brown paper, styrofoam boxes, paper boxes and reusable containers at 30 to 50 cents.

    • alifesgayventure Friday May 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      in malaysia, the hawkers would use plastic bags. seems ideal for noodle soups especially and cheapest too. and when we get home we tip it into bowls and eat. but maybe it is not environmentally friendly. do they do that in singapore, or is there an even better way?

      • Garfield Hug Friday May 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

        Plastic bags hardly or rarely used nowadays as proven to contain harmful effects with heat of the food. So they use microwaveable containers. Better health considerations than before.

      • alifesgayventure Friday May 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

        times changed doesn’t it? something i have taken for granted, the plastic bags are now no more.

      • Garfield Hug Friday May 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

        I think Malaysia still uses plastic bags. Oh just remembered kopi tiam uses plastic bags for kopi or teh 😉

      • alifesgayventure Friday May 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

        well, glad to hear they still use it. we all have grown up using it, and as far as i know no one has died. i wonder how they come to this conclusion that hot foods can become cancerous if put into plastic bags. i say, it is strange to put hot kopi in a plastic bag. surely they use styrofoam cups?

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