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Doggy bag

刊登日期: 2017.12.02
作者: Grace Tse  

Hong Kong is renowned in the world as a food paradise. There are many different kinds of restaurants which attract both tourists and local citizens. When was the last time you dined at a restaurant? Were you able to eat up all the food? 

We quite often order more dishes than we can finish. Some people simply leave the food they have not eaten on the table after paying the bill. Some people ask the restaurant staff for a plastic box or a Styrofoam food container to bring the leftovers home. In the English language, these containers are called “doggy bags”(or “doggie bags”). 

We can’t finish the chicken. Shall we bring it home in a doggy bag(打包袋;剩菜袋)

When this practice started in the United States during World War II, it was actually a paper bag. To reduce food wasting, some restaurant owners gave their customers paper bags to wrap up the food for their pet dogs. Later, more restaurants followed this practice. 

Another popular story happened in 1949, when the owner of “Dan Stampler’s Steak Joint” restaurant in New York found some customers too embarrassed to ask for doggy bags. So he designed a grease-proof one with a picture of a dog on it. He also wrote a poem for the bag. 

Oh where, oh where have your leftovers gone? 

Oh where, oh where can they be? 

If you’ve had all you can possibly eat, 

Please bring the rest home to me!! 

Nowadays, many restaurants create their own doggy bags partly for advertising purposes. Have you received any well-designed ones? 


Glossary

 Renowned 

著名

Dined 

用餐

Styrofoam 

發泡膠

Leftovers 

殘羹剩飯

Wasting 

浪費

Embarrassed 

尷尬

Grease-proof 

防油

Advertising 

廣告

 

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