My local Chinese Restaurant.

My local Chinese Restaurant.

Styrofoam, even if it doesn't melt in the microwave, isn't necessarily safe to microwave. Microwaving styrofoam causes it to leech BPA into the food which is a carcinogen.

That's why you're not suppose to microwave cup noodles too.

Wait you can't microwave foam containers? Dang I've been doing it all wrong.

Is this not super common? It's like that at every chinese place I've eaten at for the last 10 years or so across several cities.

Dang will keep in mind in the future.

drunken and cold.

How's Penguin by the way?

In my experience, Chinese food is the best the next day heated in a wok or fry pan 😁

Have you never encountered the Chinese takeout box, you know the white ones with the wire handle? They are 99% microwavable, but that dang metal handle isn't. And if you pull it off, the container falls apart...

He prefers Mr. Cobblepot.

It's easy dude. 1 carcinogen is leached per 1 microwaving event.

Jesus Christ this isn't rocket science.

I see you've met my wife.

Where I live, the chinese takeout container is a round foil pie pan with a paper lid.

Meanwhile at MY local Chinese restaurant:

Knows it's expensive for extra protein

Allows roach infestation so you have some free options

There's no BPA in styrofoam. Styrene itself is potentially carcinogenic though.

Almost everywhere in the UK uses plastic containers, and the same ones at that. Some have a slightly different corner curve radius, but the majority are identical, and come in deep or shallow varieties, the deep being more common.

Some places use foil containers with a paper insert lid, but they're definitely more rare nowadays.

You're supposed to pour boiling water on top of the noodles.

Styrofoam, even if it doesn't melt in the microwave, isn't necessarily safe to microwave. Microwaving styrofoam causes it to leech BPA into the food which is a carcinogen.

There is absolutely no scientific fact that supports this claim that I'm aware of -- can you describe the exact physical amount of "carcinogen" that is "leached" in food that is microwaved in a styrofoam container? Scientists can't, or haven't, but you sound like really know what you're talking about.

https://i.imgur.com/Jd34ADM.jpg

You should try it one day if you want a fireworks display.

Do you realize how much cup of noodle I have microwaved?!!!!?!!!

Mine recently switched to the boxes without the metal carrier on them. So much easier to reheat now... also did you know the boxes can act as a serving plate if you flatten them out?

No, unless it specifically says so. Microwaves don't heat the plastic, but the hot food/liquid can melt it since styrofoam has relatively low melting point. If that happens, you're essentially eating small bits of plastic or additives that are in the foam. Eating plastic is not necessarily dangerous in small amounts, but it's definitely not healthy either and the additives can actually be more harmful.

I am pretty shocked that people are microwaving styrofoam... you're not even supposed to set that stuff on fire because of the chemical breakdown... i guess people here are too young to remember the protests against McDonalds and their styrofoam containers, especially the McDLT's excessive packaging The amount of styrofoam going into landfills and then breaking down and leeching leaching into ground water was a real concern.

On a side note, i find it somewhat ironic that in the late 80s, the McDLT was sold as keeping the cool side cool, and the hot side hot.. Now all McDonalds food is mildly luke warm, and people have just come to accept that as ok.

I seriously want heat lamps back, fuck these "warming trays"

I am pretty shocked that people are microwaving styrofoam... you're not even supposed to set that stuff on fire because of the chemical breakdown... i guess people here are too young to remember the protests against McDonalds and their styrofoam containers, especially the The amount of styrofoam going into landfills and then breaking down and leeching leaching into ground water was a real concern.

On a side note, i find it somewhat ironic that in the late 80s, the McDLT was sold as keeping the cool side cool, and the hot side hot.. Now all McDonalds food is mildly luke warm, and people have just come to accept that as ok.

I seriously want heat lamps back, fuck these "warming trays"

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An MSG in Chinese food joke what is this 1989

Same here. I don't think those are microwave safe.

All of the cup noodles that I've seen say to microwave water in a separate microwave-safe container then pour it in

Yes I have!

Yeah I've seen the flattening boxes thing as a "lifehack". Have fun using chopsticks to eat your rice on a flat plate

By and large, if I’m eating leftover Chinese I don’t give enough fucks to pull out cookware.

Can I offer you an egg in these trying times?

Or, you take the handle off and open it up, and you have yourself a paper plate. The true bachelor plate!

I am not saying you are wrong, but I just did a bunch of web searches and only one of a hundred results claimed styrofoam should not contain Bisphenol-A. That one result was a website funded by members of the styrofoam component industry.

I'll try to find scientific literature on the subject.

In a similar manner leftover pizza is still very good if you heat on a pan. You heat on low heat and cover with something like aluminum foil. That way the whole pizza gets hot, the top moist and the crust crusty.

cup noodles actually instructs you to add boiling water into the cup and cover for a few minutes. Noodles are cooked and no microwave radiation involved to cause BPA leaking!

Wait... i thought that was just a movie trope... I have never ever seen that in real life.

At the chinese place I go to, everything is in plastic containers, or in the case of chicken balls or egg rolls or spring rolls, they're in a cardboard box, similar to what a donut box is like, but smaller.

The plastic containers aren't microwaveable either, but they make for handy containers to store things in. My wife uses them when she takes salads to work. We've also used them for our own left overs if we cook too much. So good to be able to reuse them.

can confirm. little brother burned our microwave and a good part of our cabinets when he tried to reheat fried rice in the metal takeout container. luckily the fire alarm worked and we had an extinguisher in the front closet cause my brother ran to his bedroom and hid because he didnt want to get in trouble for starting a fire.... (he was 8 to be fair I guess...but yeah he is pretty dumb, and coincidentally a firefighter now......)

but yeah my dad sprung into action like i'd never seen before or since.

worst part was...it was like a whole container of leftover fried rice and it was ruined. AND!!! now we had no way to reheat the rest of the leftovers so we had to eat them cold. goddam...

Yep same in Aus. I really hope they're microwavable haha.

Can confirm; ate noodles this morning, dead now

Jokes on you! I EAT ALL THE MSG IN ONE SITTING!

They use hard plastic - almost like tupperware. They're actually pretty nice, great for taking as lunch.

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it’s not brain surgery

either

It is being spelled wrong, but "leaching into" is 100% the correct term here.

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I havnt seen non-microwave safe containers for a very long time.

oh god, I bring home korean fried chicken and a case of beer after a long shift, eat like 3 bites, put it in the fridge, get drunk, then take it out and finish it.

normally i hate this bot but this time it turned out alright.

What's the science behind this?

Out of a bowl...

Spoiler alert: You’re going to die.

We are lazy and prefer the styrofoam

Gotta love that extra texture.

Fresh > cold > reheated

Yes... we ALL have.

The handle does not spark -- admit you've been afraid to try it

Food wishes?

MSG is lit tho. I cook with it a lot.

electric kettles are OP. And they're cheap. After living abroad for 5 years, I couldn't live without one now

Not required by law where I live.

Not being microwave safe doesnt mean it's poisonous.

The paper containers with the metal handles aren't microwave safe because of the handle but the paper is fine.

There are places that give takeout in foil containers with a paper lid. Usually pizza places that have pasta dishes.

There are places that give takeout in Styrofoam containers which arent microwave safe.

I've got about 7 of the round ones with lids, and 1 rectangular one with lid - they're awesome. I also use them as prep-bowls when chopping veggies.

You can micro the foam clamshells, just do it a little at a time.