Monkey dishes

isa

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Nicko,


What exactly is a monkey dish? I've never heard that term before.


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Sisi
 
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A monkey dish is a small dish that vegetables or condiments are served in. I've never heard the term used outside of restaurants.
 

nicko

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Recently I received an email that asked ChefTalk the question of "Where do monkey dishes get their name". I have absolutely no idea. Can anyone help me out?

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are you talking about those dishes that are round with a small half moon handle on each side, perhaps its the shape?.
 
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Take two monkey dishes and place them facing out over your ears, you will resemble a monkey. Hence the name.

Just a thought.

 

nicko

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So we still don't know where the name came from? I like the idea of putting two side dish holders to your head and it resembles a monkey.
 

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Bump. :D I can't believe I've bumped such an old thread!

Monkey dish is the dish the organ grinder's monkey held out.
 
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