Are you finding it awkward to eat your meal directly from a Chinese takeout box? Sure you can drop your Kung Pao Chicken dish onto a waiting plate but what do you do if you are on the road or don’t have access to a dinner plate? Rather than digging your food from the box, create a ready-to-use plate directly from the takeout container.


  1. You will be unfolding the box while the food is inside, so consider how packed the box is and what is inside. Messy sauces or over-packed food containers may end up being a bigger mess when the box is converted into a plate. So size up your meal first.
  2. Open top of the box and hold open container in one hand. Gently pull one side of the handle from the box until it is dislodged. This may take a little twisting and turning but it will free itself with a little coaxing.
  3. (Or just leave the other side of the handle in place. You need to be able to collapse the box and the handle helps to hold it in place.)
  4. You should see either a staple or flaps holding the box together.
  5. Open the second side in the same way you opened the other folded side of the box. You now have a flat surface or makeshift plate.
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Community Q&A

  • Question
    What if it was dumplings?
    Otterly Badgerific
    Otterly Badgerific
    Top Answerer
    You can use the same method outlined in this article for dumplings too. Essentially, you are making a plate from the takeout box, and it can hold many food types as long as they don't involve liquid or runny contents.

Things You’ll Need

  • Chinese food in a to-go box

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