LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Chinese restaurant Wo Fat on Desert Inn and Sandhill roads is a repeat Dirty Dining offender.
Despite the sign proclaiming this to be the best Asian food in America that has hung on the window since our first visit in 2016, Wo Fat is back for a second serving of Dirty Dining with a ‘C’ rating. of 35 demerits on February 19. 11 control.
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When we arrived to ask questions, there was no manager or manager on the scene which is a violation of the health code.
The employees called manager Angela Dong, who we spoke to when Wo Fat was on Dirty Dining for the first time.
This time, she declined an on-camera interview but agreed to answer questions over the phone.
The violations included employees preparing snow peas at a dining table.
The cooked beef, breaded chicken, and pork wontons were at room temperature and had to be discarded.
And inspectors say an excessive amount of food was improperly left to cool to room temperature without any active supervision.
Dong says they check the temperature of food every day, but when Darcy Spears asked what happened on the day of the inspection, she replied that she didn’t know.
Other violations included a food handler who grabbed raw hamburger patties and put them on the grill with his bare hands, then touched the food preparation equipment without washing his hands.
Food was left uncovered and prone to contamination, and cutting boards were stained, deeply grooved and could not be cleaned.
Dong says she believes everything about the way they handle food is correct, but inspectors say otherwise.
Raw beef did not thaw properly in standing water, food was stored in reused plastic grocery bags, the lids of bulk containers were broken and chipped, posing a potential risk of contamination, and there is had mold in the ice maker chute.
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Dong disputed this, calling it “just a fading”.
Inspectors also said the walk-in freezer was excessively cluttered and disorganized with food stored on the floor, and the walls, floors and the floor sink were excessively dirty.
Dong said they still clean, but when asked why the kitchen was so dirty that inspectors say it needed a deep cleaning before it was allowed to reopen, she said. talked about a remodel a few months ago when Wo Fat rebranded itself as a Hawaiian barbecue.
“What does this have to do with the sanitary inspection in the kitchen? Spears asked.
Without further explanation, Dong said that she was sorry that this had happened and that she was convinced that they will get their “A” rating upon re-inspection.
For the impending closure of health risks, we are heading to Mesquite where Thai House on Sandhill Boulevard was closed on February 10 for a multigenerational cockroach infestation.
He also obtained 36 demerit points.
Inspectors saw live cockroaches all over the kitchen.
Inside the refrigerator, inspectors found expired packages of dumplings from January and milk that had expired on December 8, 2020. Thai home owner Osara “Lisa” Rice said the milk belonged to an employee.
Thai House also stored large bins of loose sugar outside the back door of the kitchen.
And there was a major cleaning failure in the kitchen as evidenced by old dry food in the oven, heavy greasy build-up on equipment and floors, and a lot of food stuck in the floor sink.
Rice says that since the inspection, she has taken everything out of her restaurant to do a deep cleaning and that she plans to stay closed for three months in order to do a complete overhaul.
She says her chef, employees and pest control company have let her down. She laid off several staff, including the chef who was also responsible for cleaning the kitchen, and hired a new pest control company.
However, on Wednesday morning she saw two cockroaches running around the kitchen so more pest control is needed.
During her self-imposed three-month shutdown, she plans to remove and replace the floor, change the ceiling, roof and air conditioning units, and remove all furniture.
“It’s bad to have cockroaches in the kitchen. It’s not good,” Rice said. “I’ve only been open for a year and a half and have held onto the COVID shutdown.”
“I’m really disappointed with my old pest control company and they didn’t want to tell me about their failure,” she said. “All of the fixes will cost over $ 150,000, not to mention the loss of produce and other fresh food as well as restaurant income.”
“Come to think of it,” Rice said, “it hurts my stomach. We’re all adults and should know what’s right and wrong.”
She says she relied on the employees and paid for the chef’s food safety certification and he let it go.
“He must have seen it but he never said anything and it really, really hurt me. He was able to clean everything up while the sanitary inspector was still there so I wonder why he wasn’t doing it all. days.”
Rice has cleaned herself thoroughly for the past 10 days.
“I’m 70 years old. I don’t want to be a failure. I keep this restaurant and I’m determined to fix it. Everything will be under control.”
Click here to view Wo Fat Chinese’s health report.
Click here to view Thai House’s health check.