Saltier Foods? Or is it just me?

Written by Lingzie

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I’m supposed to be posting on the last segment of my Macau trip. But I thought I’d write about this issue first.

Now, my family and I eat out quite a lot. And in general we tend to lean towards foods that are more full bodied and stronger in flavor. We like our food creamy, salty, sweet, sour etc. No bland stuff for us thank you.  Of course over the years, we’ve mellowed out a bit and have taken to switching to healthier options (less salt, less oil, less sugar) but most of us haven’t totally transcended to healthy eating and we still enjoy our sinful roast porks and as for me… I still love my desserts.

So… it is to my utter surprise that of late, I find myself complaining that the food served outside is very salty!

Its not just at one or two place, but quite a few. Some at restaurants, some at hawker stalls. At one particular outlet, our soup was just too salty that all of us couldn’t stomach it. The outlet gladly changed it for us (i think by watering it down), but commented that their chef thought it was fine!

My grandpa is champion of salty foods. He has a very high threshold for salt. And yet, even he is finding his food salty!

I am appalled. Is this the current trend? Why the heavy hand in using salt? Is it to cover up for the lack of flavor? Is it to slyly encourage us to order more drinks?

So what I’m curious to know is, do you my dear readers, agree with me that our restaurants and hawkers are being too overly generous with their salt? Or have my tastes buds gone haywire? What say you?

17 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. superwilson says:

    Malaysians are blessed with many heavy flavoured good foods. Normally, we would find other foods lesser “taste”. If it’s salty means its really salty de!

    superwilson´s last blog post..Stew Duck @ Restoran Hock Lee, Skudai, Johor

  2. Bangsar-bAbE says:

    I agree with you…I noticed that food outside has become extremely salty. And I’m one who loves my food fully flavoured.

    Bangsar-bAbE´s last blog post..Miss Malaysia Universe 2009

  3. Errr…. seriously I didn’t notice that. But as a Cantonese you’ll realize they are mostly have very strong taste bud.

    New Kid On The Blog´s last blog post..Home Cook Tai Lok Mein & Yee Mein

  4. soo sean says:

    I enjoy heavy flavoured food. But if were to eat out daily, I do not think I could stand as the outside food is getting more and more heavily seasoned(or salty).

    soo sean´s last blog post..home-cooked-ecstasy

  5. cariso says:

    I dislike heavy flavoured food. One good example of restaurants which I found throwing lots of salt is Xuan Xin @ Gurney.

    cariso´s last blog post..??????? (Te Chang You Tiao Wang) Invited Review

  6. J2Kfm says:

    I’d say half-half.
    there are STILL those tasteless/bland ones acting as REAL deal, and proclaiming they’re healthy and whatnots.

    J2Kfm´s last blog post..Rojak Manjung in Sitiawan

  7. superwilson says:

    2 more days for my Penang weekend breakaway!!

    superwilson´s last blog post..Hong Kong Roast Duck @ Restoran Wei Kee, Pudu

  8. teddybear says:

    The best way is to tell the server that we take less salt less oil 🙂 they probably will come out something suite us. Most commercialized kitchen are over flavoured , so to play safe for our meal, we should tell them our requirement.

  9. ck lam says:

    For the food of some outlets that I find to be over salty, would usually tell them ahead to try to reduce the amount of salt.

    ck lam´s last blog post..Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant – A Tasty Korean Affair

  10. Nay, I’d agree with you… food is getting saltier… I almost wish I can work from home every day and have time to prepare my own meals… Healthier and (possibly) tastier, no? 🙂

    Life for Beginners´s last blog post..50 First Movie Dates

  11. sakaigirl says:

    yep,sometimes i got my food very salty.. its good to let them knw, but if the chef didn’t appreciate our comment, let it be..

  12. email2me says:

    Careful gal …. don’t take too much salt. Later can cause high blood pressure.

    email2me´s last blog post..Kafe Rajah Brooke – The Most Authentic Sarawak Foods in Klang Valley

  13. buzzingbee says:

    yes outside food seems to be getting saltier and since my mum cooks most of the time, whenever we dine out, my parents seem to always have comments about the taste not suiting their tastebuds!!

    buzzingbee´s last blog post..Hawker food @ Kampung Malabar, Penang Road

  14. Desmond says:

    I agree that nowadays foods are becoming more and more salty and occasionally you will find that you are thirsty after meal. Some of the places i visited are very popular but leaving you extremely thirsty too (many MSG involved) like KhunThai Thai Restaurant in Prai area, buffet spread in E&O Hotel, and many more that i couldn’t remember now. Some of the food are not good (which explain the reason of high salt content) and some are just plain lazy to taste it to know the exact amount needed.

  15. Alan says:

    I think both ways. We are getting more health conciuos thus we are adding less or no salt to our home cooked meals plus outside food is adding more salt or the chef smokes cigarette and his taste buds is whacked more and more each day thus unconsiously add extra salt to their receipe

    More salty means more stronger taste to the dish and make you more thristy and buy more drinks from them???? that’s evil…..

    Alan´s last blog post..Invite: Te Chang You Tiao Wang

  16. I guess nowadays outside food can be very salty at times, maybe to many new chefs out there. Therefore i always make sure they were told to lower the saltiness! 🙂


  17. blahblehblek says:

    I personally think it’s the overdose of MSG. A lot of people are using it instead of salt and pepper. But I’ve been eating a lot at the same places so it still tastes the same to me! It sould just depend what type of dish it is.

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