Created By: SpiritOfSahara on April 1, 2011 Last Edited By: chihuahua0 on August 27, 2012

Chop Chop Suey

Cooking Asian food includes swinging big knives in a hostile manner.

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A person cooking any kind of Asian food will eventually end up swinging a cleaver in a way that could end up beheading someone, be it a fish or an intruder taking a shortcut through the kitchen. The person in question doesn't have to be Asian, but most often is.

Bonus points for any kind of influences from martial arts.

Compare with Chef of Iron (and has nothing to do with Iron Chef...hopefully).


Film
  • In one of the Police Academy films, Commandant Lassard, his goldfish, and Lieutenant Harris visit an Asian restaurant, where the cooks work at bar-like platforms. The actual selling point of the place actually might be showy preparation of food just under the customer's eyes.
  • This is the way the penguins in Madagascar serve sushi.

Live-Action Television
  • In Sonny Spoon (mid-Eighties adventure/comedy TV series starring Mario Van Peebles) Sonny is undercover at an Asian restaurant (like Benihana's, the kind where they prepare the food on a griddle in front of you) pretending to be an asian chef. He loses control of one of his knives and accidentally pins a guy's cigarette to the wall. He covers it by saying, "Prease, no smoking."
  • One skit in Mystery Science Theater 3000 shows Mike Flashbacking to his days as a teppanyaki chef. He cuts Crow's hand off whilst swinging knives around.
    Servo: Mike's dangerous enough just wielding that big, clunky body of his!
  • Soap: Jodie seems to be fond of taking his girlfriends to hibatchi grills. He takes Carol, where she tells him that she's pregnant. He's nonplussed at best, because he's gay (they did sleep together, but it was a one night stand). The chef is so distracted by their conversation he accidentally stabs himself in the leg.
    • Three seasons later, he takes his new girlfriend Maggie to a hibatchi and they discuss his recent marriage proposal.

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Video Games
  • In one of the Revelations in Yakuza 4, a cheating man is caught by his wife, and she proceeds to fight him Wire Fu-style while swinging a cleaver. There's also a few chef enemies that fight with butcher knives and cleavers.
  • In Breath Of Fire 2 you visit a restaurant where this trope is in full effect ( and they try to cook and serve you). You even have the option of being taught the move "chop-chop" (which is pretty much this trope as an attack) by the chef after defeating him.

Western Animation
  • Mojo Jojo does the hibachi chef knife flourish for The Powerpuff Girls when he has to babysit for them.

Real Life
  • Truth in Television, as hibachi grill-style restaurants are based around executing tricks with knifes as a way to entertain the customers.

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • April 1, 2011
    peccantis
    Sounds like a great trope.

    Film:
    • In one of the Police Academy films, Commandant Lassard, his goldfish, and Lieutenant Harris visit an Asian restaurant, where the cooks work at bar-like platforms. The actual selling point of the place actually might be showy preparation of food just under the customer's eyes.
  • April 1, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    This is the way the penguins in Madagascar serve sushi.
  • April 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Sonny Spoon (mid-Eighties adventure/comedy TV series starring Mario Van Peebles): Sonny is undercover at an asian restaurant (like Benihana's, the kind where they prepare the food on a griddle in front of you) pretending to be an asian chef. He loses control of one of his knives and accidentally pins a guy's cigarette to the wall. He covers it by saying, "Prease, no smoking."
  • April 3, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    • In one of the Revelations in Yakuza 4, a cheating man is caught by his wife, and she proceeds to fight him Wire Fu-style while swinging a cleaver. There's also a few chef enemies that fight with butcher knives and cleavers.
  • April 4, 2011
    Stratadrake
    You might want to compare with Chef Of Iron (not related to Iron Chef).
  • April 24, 2011
    c0ry
    I think the sushi place in Monsters Inc is like this, but I'm not sure. Can anyone confirm?

    (Made more complicated/impressive by the fact that the chef has eight tentacles, a good proportion of which are wielding a knife).
  • April 24, 2011
    cityofmist
    In the Stormbreaker film, there's the bit with the American woman making sushi, where she dresses up in a martial-arts costume, swings knives around in a ridiculously dramatic way, and starts speaking Japanese.
  • April 25, 2011
    LordAaronus
    Averted with celeb chef Martin Yan, who's known for martially precise knifework.
  • April 25, 2011
    Scooter007
    • One skit in Mystery Science Theater 3000 shows Mike Flashbacking to his days as a tepanyaki chef (sp???). He cuts Crow's hand off whilst swinging knives around.
      Servo: Mike's dangerous enough just wielding that big, clunky body of his!
  • April 25, 2011
    jaytee
    Definitely Truth In Television, as hibachi grill-style restaurants are based around this trope.
  • June 17, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    The french film L'Aile ou la Cuisse had a scene taking place in such a Restaurant.
  • July 16, 2011
    AgProv
    In Interesting Times the wizzard* Rincewind has disturbed the harmony of a country not unlike China/Japan, and is being pursued by palace guards, enraged geishas, Sumo wrestlers and several cooks brandishing meatcleavers...

    • Wizzard - deliberate mispelling. The book explains why. Rincewind can't "spell" in either sense of the word.
  • January 14, 2012
    chihuahua0
    Do you mind if I grab this?
  • January 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Soap: Jodie seems to be fond of taking his girlfriends to hibatchi grills. He takes Carol, where she tells him that she's pregnant. He's nonplussed at best, because he's gay (they did sleep together, but it was a one night stand). The chef is so distracted by their conversation he accidentally stabs himself in the leg. Three seasons later, he takes his new girlfriend Maggie to a hibatchi and they discuss his recent marriage proposal.
  • January 17, 2012
    chihuahua0
    I'm going to launch this if there aren't any objections. Five hats isn't required for a launch, and it seems like this is in sufficient shape. Not to mention it had been dead for a while.
  • January 18, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Mojo Jojo does the hibachi chef knife flourish for The Powerpuff Girls when he has to babysit for them.

    And I'm not crazy about the trope title.
  • January 21, 2012
    chihuahua0
    Any other ideas for the title?
  • January 21, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Breath Of Fire 2 you visit a restaurant where this trope is in full effect ( and they try to cook and serve you). You even have the option of being taught the move "chop-chop" (which is pretty much this trope as an attack) by the chef after defeating him.
  • January 21, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The amnesiac protagonist of The Long Kiss Goodnight displays a tendency toward this while chopping veggies in her kitchen, and happily exclaims "Chefs do that!" because she thinks it means her memories may be coming back. They were, but she wasn't a chef.

    ...as for another title? Hostile Hibachi Style?

  • January 21, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    I actually think the title is clever.
  • February 26, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    This has 4 hats and is pretty much ready to go. Oh, and plural of "knife" is "knives".
  • August 27, 2012
    chihuahua0
    -necro-
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