Fried rice in a chinese take out food container with chopsticks.

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Chinese Takeout Boxes Are Actually Designed To Be Unfolded
Chinese takeout boxes are usually made from paper or cardboard, and have a distinctive shape with a folded, pagoda-like top and wire handle. These boxes are more than just a convenient way to transport your food — they are also versatile containers that can be repurposed in a variety of ways.
Modern Chinese takeout boxes were popularized in the 20th century by Chinese restaurants in the United States. By unfolding the box, you can create a flat surface that can be used as a plate or a makeshift tray, making it perfect for picnics, outdoor events, or even as a surface for writing or drawing.
The flat surface of the unfolded box makes it easier to eat your food, and if you share with others, it lets everyone see what options are available. You can also use the boxes as storage, or as a creative art project for kids; by finding new uses for takeout boxes, you are reducing waste and helping to protect the environment.