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Food in boxes: history and modernity

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Very often in American films and TV shows of the 90s, one could see how the characters eat Chinese noodles or rice from special compact boxes. They usually call it among themselves Chinese. Such a box is called Wok (“Wok”), and the food itself is called wok food. Today, this dish is already familiar to everyone, they no longer surprise anyone. A wok is a compact package that is convenient for serving some dishes (in particular, noodles or rice with additives). You can also eat this dish directly from the same package. You can order such a wok in Barnaul at the Sushi Make company.

The History of Wok Food Boxes

If you ask people what they associate the word “wok” with, most of them are more likely to answer “with China.” In fact, wok boxes first appeared in the United States.

Around the beginning of the 20th century, a real oyster boom broke out in the United States. It was especially pronounced in those states that were located right on the coast of the ocean. There were a lot of oysters – even the poorest families could afford the purchase of this seafood.

However, this oyster boom had one interesting feature – almost everyone could buy oysters, but not everyone could open seafood without injuring their fingers. But enterprising restaurant owners found an interesting solution to this problem: they folded a cardboard sheet in such a way as to make a compact box. The already peeled oysters were placed in this box.

However, the oyster boom did not last long. Soon the tides stopped bringing oysters to the shore, because of which seafood rose again in price and lost its former popularity. Along with the oysters, the boxes created for them also “gone”.

The rebirth of boxes

After the war, a stream of immigrants from China poured into the territory of the United States, who brought their traditional dishes here. One of them was Wok noodles. Americans liked this dish so much that they began to sell it literally on every corner. It was then that the Americans remembered their boxes. In the latter, Chinese noodles were folded and served to visitors. And later, a system appeared for delivering this dish in boxes to homes, offices, etc.

Food in boxes with some delay came to the Russian market, and then to all other CIS countries. Today it is a very popular dish – it can be tasted not only in cafes and restaurants, but also ordered with home delivery.

Where did the name Wok come from?

This name belonged to a special deep frying pan, which in fact was a half of the ball. It was very popular in ancient China – it was used to prepare food for hiking.

The effectiveness of the pan is that its bottom heats up very quickly, and the heat is also quickly transferred to the walls. Food in such a container can be cooked with little or no oil.

A little later, street vendors in China began to offer food (usually noodles) cooked in such a pan to passers-by. The name “Wok” migrated from dishes to noodles, and when the latter came to America and began to be served in boxes, the boxes themselves began to be called “Wok”.

What modern wok dishes look like

Today, Wok dishes are not only noodles, but also rice (and sometimes both together) with various additives (toppings). The latter are presented in a very wide variety, so that almost everyone can choose the optimal composition for themselves.

Here are some types of noodles that are often used to make Wok:

  • wheat. Such noodles are very soft and tender, go well with almost any ingredient;
  • buckwheat. This is a pretty thick noodle. It pairs perfectly with ingredients such as meat, chicken and fish;
  • bean. Very elastic noodle. Combines with any ingredient.

Today, meat (usually cattle, pork, etc.), chicken and various seafood (shellfish, fish, etc.) are used as additives.

Today this dish is also served in a box, which is made of special thick laminated cardboard. The material effectively retains heat, does not let liquid through, so even a liquid dish does not leak.

Wok packaging is completely sealed and environmentally friendly. It does not require additional covers and any stand, it is assembled and disassembled in a matter of minutes. Also, this package can be put in the microwave.

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