Lulu’s Noodle Shop introduces a new (old) kind of lunchbox
Well, not that new. Metal lunch pails date back to at least the 19th century: Coal miners would carry home-packed meals down into the mine shafts with them. And if they didn’t use traditional metal pails with secure lids and a wire handle, they might recycle biscuit or tobacco tins to serve the same purpose. That concept later evolved into the classic baby boomer metal lunchbox with matching thermos — like the vintage creations pictured above.
Recycling — and a serious way to cut down on the paper waste of to-go materials — is the reason that restaurateur Malisa Monyakula of Lulu’s Noodle Shop in the Crossroads is reviving an old Asian tradition.