When dining at a restaurant serving Chinese or peranakan dishes, of course you are familiar with the shape of the table. Round with a diameter of about two meters, then in the middle there is a round board with a smaller diameter and can be rotated.
Don’t get me wrong, it turns out that the round board in the middle of the rotating table has a name. His name is Lazy Susan, many also call him dumb waiter.
History of Lazy Susan
Investigated, Lazy Susan is not a native of Chinese culture, but has spread to almost all of Asia.
“In the early 1900s, Lazy Susan, otherwise known as a dumb waiter, was not just a rotating board on the table, but also a rotatable table, and elevators lifted food and food. These three devices are commonly used in Europe and America for save on the actual cost of the waiter, “quoted from smithsonianmag.com.
Another version of the origin of Lazy Susan
Besides the version of saving servant costs, another version mentions Lazy Susan was actually created by US President Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century.
At that time Jefferson’s daughter Susan often complained that when she finished eating she was never full. Because when the side dish was last passed to him, all the side dishes were almost gone.
There is also a version that says Susan’s name was born because of consonants similar to Lazy, so it became a good marketing tool. Although it is difficult to probe the origin of Lazy Susan, the thing that can be ascertained is that this table is not from China.
In China, there is actually an old turntable. A 700-year-old book on Chinese agriculture, notes an official named Wang Zhen created a rotating table.
But this table is to help him organize thousands of characters in Chinese. This work method is almost similar to Lazy Susan, but is not used for dining but for science. (*)