When planning a family meal out in Kuala Lumpur, there are several things to consider. After a busy day shopping whats better than getting stuck in to a juicy KL burger, or tucking into a sumptuous bowl of char kway teow? However, where you go to eat your meal is important and you should always consider safety first! Here’s our top tips for a family meal out in KL.
Choose a Safe Location
Avoid eating outside of restaurants with open doors or visible dishes with food sitting out. These places are not usually licensed to sell food and are more likely to use unsanitary food preparation techniques. Most restaurants in shopping malls are reputable, but you should always check if they are licensed before you order anything off the menu.
Check the Menu
Check to see that all meat has been cooked properly and has been thoroughly inspected before being served to you. The last thing you want to do is bring food home that has gone bad during transit or been left out uncovered for too long. Look for signs that the restaurant uses fresh ingredients and that the chefs wash their hands regularly. All of these signs indicate that the restaurant cares about their customers’ health and safety and can provide an enjoyable dining experience for the whole family.
Ask the Waitstaff
Although not everyone will be comfortable asking the waiter/waitress directly if the establishment is sanitary and safe, it is a good idea to ask anyway. This will allow you to make a more informed decision about whether or not you would like to eat there. Sometimes staff members may not be aware of potential hazards at the establishment and may simply not be aware of best practices when it comes to food preparation and handling. In most cases, staff will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with information about cleanliness and safety practices at the restaurant.
Use Your Common Sense
Always wash your hands before using the bathroom and again after handling raw foods. Food should be stored and prepared in a clean area that is free from pests and bacteria. If you notice any suspicious-looking areas around the kitchen, you should raise your concerns with the management immediately. Keep in mind that these signs could be caused by something as simple as a leaky pipe or a malfunctioning exhaust fan and should be corrected as soon as possible.