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The history of Chinese take-out

Nichola Scurry

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A cool-looking Chinese couple eating noodles with their fingers.
Photo by cottonbro studio

When I was a tiny kid, and my parents had a bit of extra cash, Dad would hop in the car and fetch us some Chinese take-out.

I loved opening the plastic containers and breathing in the stir-fried, soy sauce-laden aromas. I marvelled at the carrots cut into intricate shapes, a contradictory mix of…

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Nichola Scurry

Australian human living in Barcelona, writing mostly about popular culture with a twist of quirky. If you like my writing, I like coffee. ko-fi.com/nicscurry