Eatery joins Healthy Restaurant Programme

|    James Kon    |

PAN and Wok is now an official participant of the Health Promotion Centre, Ministry of Health’s Healthy Restaurant Programme.

The locally incorporated food outlet, which specialises in healthy Asian and Western food takeaways, received the certificate of participation for the programme at its Serusop branch yesterday.

Head of the Health Promotion Centre Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Md Kassim presented the certificate to General Manager of Pan and Wok Muhammad Roderick.

The Healthy Restaurant Programme encourages participating restaurants to provide healthier choices on their menus, serve moderate portion sizes and cater to customer requests for less sugar, less salt, less fat and less oil in their meals without compromising taste.

It is one of the Health Promotion Centre’s initiatives to create a local market environment where healthy food choices are readily available, and in fostering a culture of healthy eating and the practice of offering healthier food options at restaurants and food outlets.

Meals or drinks at participating outlets considered as healthier options will be labelled with a ‘Healthier Choice’ logo to make it easier to identify.

Head of the Health Promotion Centre Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Md Kassim presents the certificate to General Manager of Pan and Wok Muhammad Roderick. – JAMES KON

Participating restaurants will be designated as ‘Healthier Choice’ partners under the programme and receive technical support and assistance from nutritionists from the Health Promotion Centre to help them develop their healthier menu.

The Ministry of Health is actively encouraging other food outlets to participate in the programme and become key partners to support the country’s healthy eating initiatives, part of a wider move to reduce the rate of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among the population and to help realise the ministry’s 2035 vision ‘Together towards a healthy nation.’

“This is a good start for us to introduce healthier choices of food. Eighty per cent of our food is under the healthy choice list,” Muhammad Roderick said.

“We always aim for balanced meals, less salt, less sugar and no MSG. All our food are oven-baked, and there is no fried food. We have many choices of salads every three months. We change the menu to bring more variety to our customers.”

He added, “We are also in the process of printing the nutritional facts for each of our food items – this will be introduced soon. People will be able to look at the food and see their nutritional facts and the Healthier Choice logo.”

Pan and Wok has five outlets and is looking to open two more by the end of the year.