Dirty Dining double dose: Siri Thai & Island Malaysian Cuisine
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We're serving up sloppy seconds with a double dose of Dirty Dining this week as two restaurants tie for the top spot.
From Windmill and Pecos to Spring Mountain and Decatur. Two Asian restaurants were closed by the Health District with 47 demerits.
We begin where the unthinkable may have happened.
Ever wonder what they do with the food left on your plate when they clear your dirty dishes?
Obviously you hope it goes straight into the trash, but at Siri Thai, inspectors saw them collecting rice from customers' plates in the kitchen.
Darcy Spears: Why would that be happening?
Worawit Yamkoksoung/Siri Thai owner: I don't know. Because they be collecting and they said they were to throw away. I don't know why they keep it.
Darcy: Were they re-serving that rice to other customers?
Worawit: Never, no, no.
Darcy: That's what it looks like when you read it on the health report.
Worawit: Yeah, mm hmm.
Health inspectors actually had to tell them to "discard food after it's been served to customers."
Darcy walking through kitchen: And here's some plates with some old rice. You're not collecting this rice, right?
Worawit: No. Now it gets thrown away right away. (he laughs)
Inspectors also found rotten potatoes.
Tofu, sausages and mushroom cake were not date labeled.
Employees were using the mop sink to prepare food, and there were canned goods floating in marinating chicken.
Worawit: She marinate the chicken and the chicken, it float up. And then she want chicken sink in the sauce, so she wrap with the plastic two, three times, plastic bag, you know the can, big can and put on top of that to make the chicken sink. (he laughs)
Darcy: But that's not good, you can't...
Worawit: I know! I know! I didn't know until they came.
He says they threw that chicken away.
Health inspectors also found dirty utensils and improper hand-washing.
Worawit: If they come and we're busy, if we tell them to go away and come back in two hours, that would be okay.
Darcy: But they do have to see things clean even when you're busy. They have to see good conditions.
Worawit: I know! But sometimes you got no time to just cook one plate and clean the hands ten times!
Siri Thai's dish machine was red-tagged.
The can opener and bulk sauce containers were dirty.
And a lot of food was at improper temperatures.
The owner says it all boils down to bad timing.
Darcy: Do you think it was unfair what they wrote you up for?
Worawit: Yeah, it's unfair! It's unfair!
Across town at Island Malaysian Cuisine on Spring Mountain, inspectors found adult and baby roaches on the floor under the cook area.
The restaurant blames that on their neighbor.
Steven Goh: Happened from downstairs. People put a special chemical and the cockroaches run all over.
But his restaurant did get a repeat violation for grime under the stove, which is right near where the roaches were.
Steven: That day we get in trouble, I know we make mistake.
Like having expired soy milk that was almost a month old.
Steven: Yeah, the soy milk, that one, I apologize, because that one, we canceled the menu everything and my employee no throw away, or something like that, I forgot.
You may like to read the newspaper while you're dining, but you don't want to eat something that's been prepared on it. Inspectors found green beans being prepped at a restaurant table on top of a newspaper.
Darcy: You certainly don't want newsprint on your greens. That's no good.
Steven: Yeah. Because that one, we just, because inside kitchen it's hot. And then, the newspaper, I know, we wrong.
He blamed that on a new employee.
But inspectors also found pink slime in the ice machine and potentially hazardous foods like mushrooms, fish and eggs at unsafe temperatures.
Steven: Always I look at TV-13. I have the Facebook with the TV 13. Always I check Dirty Dining. I so scared. I no want to get this happen again, but ugh. What happened already happened. But I want to make better.
Things did get better in a hurry at Island Malaysian Cuisine.
They were re-inspected and re-opened the very next day with a zero-demerit A grade.
Siri Thai remained closed for three days, but they, too, re-opened with an A and no demerits.