Saturday, November 26, 2011

I'm Still Big; It's the Chop Suey that got Small

Forget about Chun King Chow Mein:  what Jeno Paulucci did that really deserves our gratitude was to invent the "Divider Pak," which keeps the food separate from the sauce.  But if Paulucci (who died yesterday at 93) was so rich, why was he still living in Duluth?

Sadly, one thing I cannot find on line is a YouTube link to Stan Freberg's "Chun Kingston Trio."  But there's this:

Afterthought:  The Wichita bureau and I are engaged in an amiable inquiry over whether the stuff was actually any good or not.  My guess is that it probably tasted okay by the standards of the 50s, but that our palates have changed enough that these days if we fed it to the dog, he'd call PETA.

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