It varies. I get takeout from a local Chinese restaurant, and some of the dishes come in styrofoam clamshells, but rice (fried or plain) seems to always come in the origami-folded cardboard box. For us the box is usually plain white.
Thanks for the replies. Glad to see they’re still available. No, print and wire handles are not required essentials. Thanks also for the fold out plate tip - but I think her fantasy involves scooping it out of the carton. God knows why this is all so vital :D.
And now we can enquire by name - Oyster pail. Who knew?
I don’t recommend using the phrase “oyster pail” though, as no one will recognize that term. Best to ask for a paper Chinese takeout container. (And note that the American lingo is takeout, while in the UK, the word appears to be takeaway.)
And even at that specifically an east coast phenomenon, it seems to me. I’ve lived on the west coast my entire life and I’ve only ever been served Chinese takeout in Styrofoam clamshells or plastic plates with dome lids. The closest I’ve seen is the tiny boxes Panda Express uses when you order more entrees than will fit on your plate.
I think your best bet to getting served one of the boxes is to buy something that comes in Pint or Quart sizes, like rice, fried rice, or Lo Mein. You get the General Tso’s Chicken combo, that’s an entree and will likely come with rice in a clamshell, plastic or foil dish.