Restaurant Food Isn’t Inherently Bad

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After poring into the “homemade food is healthy” myth in this article, it occurred to me that there’s a misunderstanding with the opposite as well. That “all restaurant food is inherently bad”.

  • Restaurant food is unhealthy and unhygienic.
  • You can’t eat out too often without falling sick.
  • You should stay away from restaurant food when you’re sick.
  • Some restaurants serve unhygienic and unhealthy food.
  • Some restaurants follow unsafe cooking practices.
  • Some restaurants cut corners with hygiene and cleanliness, and don’t adhere to safety regulations.
  1. The restaurant uses substandard or even reject produce to prepare their food.
  2. They do not follow safe storage or safe food handling practices, where food or equipment is kept out in the open, easily accessible to pests and rodents.
  3. They don’t clean their kitchen premises or equipment often. The entire ceiling’s black from chimney smoke, and there’s food waste littered all over the place. Rats and cockroaches call the place home when it closes for the night.
  4. They use inferior quality oil, salt, or other adulterated condiments in the preparation of their food, and might even re-use the same oil to make multiple dishes.
  5. They don’t have designated utensils for each class of dish, and there is always contamination from other foods going on. Not only that, but they also use the same utensils for different procedures, which are deemed safe to use again with barely a rinse or two.
  6. Their chefs and cooks do not follow personal hygiene. They don’t wear chef hats or aprons while cooking. They don’t wash their hands very often, and they don’t……ummm should I even elaborate further and make you gag? You get the gist.
  7. There’s no CCTV cameras in the kitchen or back alley areas where management can keep a close watch on staff and their activities.
  8. They undercook or overcook food to beat Turn Around Times and keep up with continuous orders, thereby endangering the health of their customers.
  9. They serve customers the previous day’s food, or food that was cooked earlier in the morning by just heating it up and throwing in some extra seasoning.
  1. When it is a health food restaurant. When they list out the allergens of each food item on the menu and whether the dish can be cooked leaving out certain ingredients.
  2. When they serve primarily vegetarian, organic, or plant-based meals.
  3. Their chef or manager asks you about your preferences beforehand.
  4. The food is prepared with minimum oil, and contains the right amount of salt and seasoning. The food is light and nutritious, making you feel full and satisfied, instead of heavy and bloated.
  5. They serve only whole foods, that is, no processed ingredients. No refined wheat flour. No refined sugar. No processed sauces. Nothing with a shelf-life, basically, with everything made in-house.
  6. They purchase only the best quality produce from the market. Or, they directly source their ingredients from farmers.
  7. They do not cut corners with health and safety. They adhere to the stringent health and safety regulations set by the municipality. All produce is tightly sealed and kept locked away from pests and rodents. The kitchens are scrubbed clean every other day, and a safety audit is conducted every month.
  8. They serve slow-cooked food where most of the taste comes from the primary ingredient in the dish, as opposed to fast food where flavour is mainly derived from external sources like spices, seasoning, and condiments.



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Caffeinated Thoughts

Caffeinated Thoughts

I am an avid trekker, content writer, photographer and sports enthusiast. I write about trekking, society, overpopulation, lifestyle and veganism in general.