6 Restaurant Leftovers You Must Avoid Eating the Next Day

   |  Updated: November 28, 2017 20:48 IST

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6 Restaurant Leftovers You Must Avoid Eating the Next Day
Highlights
  • You might be big sushi fan, but packing up leftover sushi is a big no-no
  • There is no way that your burger buns won't turn soggy
  • Reheating boiled or scrambled eggs may make you sick
Packing up leftovers at a restaurant is not uncommon – we’ve all been there, done that. Be it to avoid food wastage or save up lunch for next day because your dish was way too delicious, a lot of us prefer taking away the leftovers after a great meal. But come to think of it, have you ever wondered if it is even safe or healthy to eat these leftovers the next day? Or for that matter, which foods don’t spoil and how long can you store them for? If you’re in doubt, step this way. Here’s a list of restaurants leftovers that you must avoid eating the next day. 

1. Sushi: You might be a big sushi fan, but packing up leftover sushi is a big no-no. In fact, sushi is supposed to be put together fresh when ordered as most of the varieties use raw fish that spoils quickly. The seaweed may turn chewy and it can leave you with an upset stomach.  

(Also read: 4 Tips to Keep in Mind While Ordering Sushi)
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You might be big sushi fan, but packing up leftover sushi is a big no-no

2. Burgers: You can reheat pizzas the next day and still enjoy them if you know the right trick but there is no way that your burger buns won't turn soggy especially with all the raw tomatoes and lettuce that are ingredients with high water content. Moreover, raw ingredients tend to spoil quickly and can easily harbour bacteria if stored for long. 
 
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There is no way that your burger buns won't turn soggy

3. Egg based dishes: It is alright to carry desserts with egg in them but any dish that needs to be reheated the next day and contains egg should be avoided. The United States Food and Drug Administration suggests that cooked eggs and egg-containing dishes should be served immediately after cooking. Reheating boiled or scrambled eggs may make you sick. 

(Also read: 5 Unhygienic Practices in a Restaurant)
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Reheating boiled or scrambled eggs may make you sick. Photo Credit: Istock

4. Pasta with creamy sauces: So, all your fettuccine alfredos and carbonaras shouldn't be brought back home simply for the reason that you will never get the same creamy deliciousness the next day. Pasta tends to dry up in the refrigerator and if kept outside the moist environment can lead to bacterial contamination. Moreover, on reheating the pasta the next day the sauce will break and release all the greasy butter. 
 
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On reheating the pasta the next day the sauce will break. Photo Credit: Istock

5. Noodle soups: Clear soups with vegetables may stay good the next day, but not the ones with noodles or dumplings. The noodles may release starch into the liquid overnight and that will turn your soup into a cloudy, greasy and slimy mess. You don't want to slurp on that, right?
 
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The noodles may release starch into the liquid overnight. Photo Credit: Istock

6. Salads: Salads are supposed to be had fresh. There's no way to revive a limp salad the next day. If you'd really like to carry it back home make sure you call for the dressing separately and only use it on the salad on your plate. Again, with storing raw ingredients, the risk of bacterial contamination is always high. 
 
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Salads are supposed to be had fresh. Photo Credit: Istock

As for what to pack, you can carry pizzas back with you and reheat them in the microwave or in the oven. Some other food items that may remain good the next day include Chinese food, clear soups and stews, and lasagne.
 

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