Food tastes better the next day, straight out of the fridge and into my mouth. I consider eating at restaurants one of my hobbies; the main hobby really. But the real joy of eating out, for me, comes the next morning when I can feast on the cold, tumbled around, styrofoam packed, sticky leftovers. (Side note: I prefer carton, biodegradable, organic, and recycled packaging but I’ll take what I can get when it comes to leftovers. I would take the food home in my pockets if I had to).
I eat cold soups, noodles, chicken, pizzas, burgers, steaks, asian food, Indian food, Italian food, and Arab food, basically anything I ate the day before. I will sometimes stop eating at the restaurant (even though I’m still hungry) simply so I can have leftovers to bring home.
My theory is that food that is extremely hot and recently cooked does not have the time to marinate in its own deliciousness. Once a dish cools down it becomes a deeper, stronger version of itself. I might even go as far as saying that leftovers taste better to me than the original dish – There I said it!
Fried food hold a special place in my leftovers-loving heart. Something happens when you fry a piece of meat, drench it in a sticky sauce, package it up, stick it in the fridge and eat it the next day.
Some people may cringe at the idea of eating cold cheeses or meats, but you can only really taste what food tastes like when it has cooled down. Flavors are more vibrant, more real, more themselves.
For the people that only eat their food pipping hot, what are you actually tasting other than a temperature? When food is so hot it lightly scorches part of your tongue, you can’t actually taste anything. You are too busy moving it around your mouth trying to avoid burns. This method of eating negates the delicate nuances in food.
The best thing is to remove the food from the fridge about 15 minutes before you plan on devouring it. It doesn’t reach room temperature, but it loses a bit of its frosty coldness.
The best time to eat leftovers is for breakfast the next morning. This is because I usually spend all night dreaming of the moment I can attack the food in the fridge. And just to add insult to injury, not only do I eat the leftovers for breakfast, I have them with my morning tea. That’s right, I wash down those cold leftovers with a hot and milky cup of tea.
Now I am not completely disgusting with my leftovers, I have standards. Below are a few exceptions to my leftover rule.
- Dressed salads
- Fried eggs
- Raw seafood