My husband and I like to go out occasionally and enjoy ourselves by eating a meal out. There have been times when enjoyment has turned into disgust and disappointment. We have begun to be great critics when dining out. Sometimes I wish I was a mystery shopper and getting paid to review various restaurants in our surrounding area. Recently while dining out at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants we saw some things that really did not appeal to us. I asked my husband for a pen and starting jotting down some things that were gross to us to view while dining out.
We were feasting on our meal and talking about how good the flavor of the food was compared to other Chinese restaurants in our area when my husband pointed out to me what one of the employees was doing out in the open of the restaurant. She had a table set up in a spot where everyone coming in to be seated had to pass very close by her. She was putting together those little cream cheese and crab meat Wontons. We love these things but what we saw as we watched her was that she had her hands in the preparation of these without wearing sanitary gloves. She had long nails and long hair which was in a pony tail but she kept flipping her head right above the food. She was using a spoon to dip the mixture but using her hands ungloved to crimp the dough.
Our waitress was very nice and our food was very good. When our waitress was not busy seating other customers she was helping the other girl put together the Wontons. Now imagine this scenario. She was doing all these things then waiting on customers and then going back and multitasking to help her without putting gloves on or washing her hands. Yuk! What are we getting in our food? A bunch of germs that’s what we are getting. It’s no wonder the flu bug and other viruses are getting us all sick because we have people out here passing these germs to us through not wearing gloves and not washing their hands.
This is not the first time we have seen this in a Chinese restaurant near us. About six months we were dining in another restaurant in a nearby city and witnessed the same thing. The people seated beside of us were also getting the same view that we were and commenting on it. A group of employees were sitting off in an area putting Wontons together. When someone would get up and go to the register they would stop and go take their money and give change then go back to what they were doing. They were not washing their hands after handling germy money or putting any gloves on their hands.
A lot of times when dining in Chinese restaurants I see employees multitasking like this and I think that it’s great that they like to keep busy. I’ve seen them have a table set up for breaking the green beans that they stem and preparing other vegetables for the buffet when they have breaks between waiting on customers. This is seen a lot especially in family owned restaurants.
What has happened to health inspections? And what has happened to wearing sanitary gloves, hairnets, and washing hands when preparing food? Will we dine there again? Probably so because we really enjoy Chinese food and have a hard time in our town finding good restaurants that we like. We also probably do get more germs off of shopping cart handles but we really don’t want to watch our food being prepared this way. We do think that it is time to voice our concerns to the public and to the managers about their traditions in preparing our favorite meals.