Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Drippy Takeout Sorted, No Frisbee Necessary

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Injera encloses and secures takeout from Gojo Ethiopia restaurant.
  • Injera bread encloses and secures takeout from Gojo Ethiopian restaurant.

Chris Chamberlain's got a friend who keeps a Frisbee in the trunk of his car, not for playing, but for holding the grease-soaked paper bag of hot chicken so it doesn't stain the seats and floor of his car. Genius.

Stains can also be a problem with other takeout — Ethiopian cuisine uses copious amounts of turmeric-tinted niter kibbeh, a spiced butter, and berbere, which is heavy on the red paprika.

Gojo, the excellent Ethiopian spot on Thompson Lane, has developed a unique solution to keep their tasty takeout from causing collateral damage in the car: They line their to-go cartons with injera, the springy teff-based bread. It's folded down over the food, and the corners are mitred to keep in any dribble.

Low-tech, Ethiopian-American ingenuity!

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