Jan 23, 2009

what's in your doggy bag

the last time i ate out, my mom and i had extras so we had the resto wrapped it to go. then my mom remembered her friend's story.

the story was, my tita had some kare-kare wrapped to take home. she wondered why when she got home it looked much less than what was left at the resto. so when she ate at the resto again and had her food wrapped, she counted the number of pieces first. she then counted them again after getting home and found out that she was indeed missing a couple of pieces. with this story in mind, my mom counted the pieces of meat we were not able to consume before having it wrapped to go. and when we got home she counted the pieces again and true enough it was missing a couple. i only know about the lechon manok story when the chopper would slide a few pieces off the chopping board so you wouldn't know that you no longer have a whole chicken. but this was the first time it dawned on me that such things happen at restos as well.

i just could not fathom that people result to that, it's unhygienic because other people has already touched that food and who knows if we used the serving spoon for that dish. also, that's basically stealing. i now somehow felt cheated. as i told my mom, it's a lesson learned, so we should not have leftovers. if it's inevitable we should finish the expensive dishes and just have the cheap ones taken home hehe. dining out should be a pleasurable experience but with such incident it now brings a sense of paranoia if you will be cheated off with your doggy bag.


  1. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Oh my, that sucks! I can't believe that they do that! I guess its good that when my husband and I eat out, we dont have any leftovers :)

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  3. Anonymous3:21 AM

    That is just plain sad. The saddest part is the fact that you've paid for the dishes you ordered and yet in the end you didn't get your money's worth.

    I never thought of counting the pieces of meat or the amount of leftovers I have as takeaways but I'll try that to see if people are really stealing.

  4. In some restos in the US they just give you the containers at your table so you pack it up yourself (I suppose there's some efficiency element to this, but could be to deter theft as well).

  5. @dyosa yes, it's all about getting what you paid for.

    @wysgal my friends and i were thinking about that too, restos should just give us containers to pack our own food or in some chinese restos here they wrap them in a corner visible to the customer.