Panda Express looking to revolutionize how Americans eat Chinese food with chopstick/fork fusion
Get ready for the chork! According to a recent tweet by the West Coast bureau chief of Nation's Restaurant News, American fast food giant Panda Express is getting ready to roll out a utensil that is fork and chopsticks all in one, and they're hoping this little invention goes mainstream.
Let's be honest here. More and more people have gotten totally comfortable using chopsticks these days. It's not like 30 or 40 years ago when being able to use them was considered impressive. But of course, some people have trouble with the Asian utensils, still preferring to use forks when eating noodles, and maybe even for some sushi. And it's for these people that Panda Express wants to introduce the "chork," a utensil made up of a fork prong on one end and a pair of chopsticks on the other. Because of its design, people using the chork can use either side to eat, and for novice chopstick users, picking up food becomes easier, as the chopsticks are stuck together on one side.
Developed in 2012, the chork has so far failed to make any sort of impact in the food industry, and it's not hard to see why. Sure, the new utensil is pretty cool, especially for people who don't know how to properly use chopsticks. But most people, and especially ones that frequently eat Asian cuisine, already know how to use chopsticks. And the ones that don't . . . they have forks they can use. And no one's really judging anyway.
So if you ever do find yourself ordering some Panda Express egg rolls and Kung Pao Chicken in the future, just remember you might need to ask for some extra chorks!