The fast food chain Panda Express now offers not only Americanized Chinese food, but also Americanized Chinese utensils. Everyone’s heard of sporks, but what about chorks?
Unfortunately, the utensil doesn’t consist of tiny forks on the end of the chopsticks, though how cute would that be? A chork is like a normal pair of chopsticks, but it is connected at the top with a fork. Ingenious!
While Panda Express didn’t actually invent this modern marvel, it is drawing unprecedented attention to this relatively unknown form of cutlery.
Lisa Jennings, the West Coast Bureau Chief of Nation’s Restaurant News, first tweeted out a picture of the chorks that Panda Express has produced earlier this month. However, she emphasized that the fast food chain was only considering releasing the product.
The chork is designed for people to eat most of their dish with chopsticks, but toward the end, when the food scraps become too hard to pick up, that is when the fork half comes in. Never again will you have to shamefully reach for a standard fork when that dreadful time comes.
The not-so-authentic Chinese fast food restaurant unveiled the product while introducing their new dish, General Tso’s Chicken (what in the world took them so long?). They later released a statement to First We Feast:
Chorks were introduced to the public during the launch of the dish yesterday. The tool is a perfect way to illustrate the mashup of American and Chinese cultures—just like Panda Express. Chorks are a unique utensil that elevate the way people experience their food. While Chorks are not currently available at Panda Express locations, there is a possibility that they will make their way into stores in the future.
— Panda Express (@PandaExpress) August 10, 2016
While Panda Express might think chorks are “Tso good,” LA Times notes that both the food chain and chorks are “more American than Chinese.” Still, Andrea Cherng, Panda Restaurant Group’s chief marketing officer, seems to believe that chorks are the “cultural zeitgeist” of the modern generation.
Meanwhile, 18 former generations of Chinese ancestors are rolling over in their graves.
By Sarah Lin
[Images via Twitter // h/t Mental Floss]