So Hyang Korean BBQ and Komol Thai repeat offender on Dirty Dining
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The list of violations that stopped Korean barbecue So Hyang in the mall is displayed on the health district sign for all to see in the restaurant’s front window: conditions imminent health danger gross and unhealthy, pest infestation an excess of 45 demerits.
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The triple whammy hit the restaurant on Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway on April 14.
Let’s start with the rats.
Inspectors saw excessive rodent droppings in the rear and dry food storage areas, above the water heater, on floors and on shelves where food containers and equipment were kept.
There was also a large cockroach walking around the main cooking line.
Excess old food, dirt and grease on floors, equipment, storage racks and food containers make for an attractive environment for rats and cockroaches to dine and breed. A large space under the back door gave them easy access.
The owner told inspectors that he had not practiced professional pest control in the past 6-7 months.
Among other health code violations, the restaurant’s only food handler was licking his fingers to open a pair of clean gloves.
He also touched a customer’s ready-to-eat food with his bare hands.
There was a large container of expired noodles in the fridge that was almost two weeks old.
Raw eggs, beef, noodles, cooked rice and raw tuna have all been thrown out due to dangerous temperatures.
Utensils in use lay in lukewarm water in a container on the floor.
There was also an open container of food stored on the cooler floor and an open container of raw beef stored on ready-to-eat foods.
There was no sanitizer in the dishwasher or on the main cooking line, and open employee drinks rested on the prep surfaces.
The responsible person could not demonstrate food safety knowledge and the inspector concluded that there was no active management control of foodborne disease risk factors.
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The health district demanded that So Hyang obtain certified pest control services, deep cleaning and scheduled response training due to a documented history of non-compliance.
Owner Jimmy Sah did not want to discuss the violations. Over the phone he told us he requested a re-inspection later that week but was unsure if he would reopen right away.
He says business has been very slow during the pandemic and it may remain closed until more foreign tourists return to Las Vegas.
For the other impending health risk shutdown, we don’t have to go very far.
Komol Thai Food for Repeat Offender is about 100 meters away in the same mall.
It’s on Dirty Dining for the second time for the same reason as the first time – a multi-generational cockroach infestation.
Komol was closed on April 16 after inspectors found live cockroaches all over the kitchen. An excessive build-up of old food and fat provided a food source for the cockroaches, and an open back door greeted them.
Foods in the temperature danger zone included bean sprouts, cooked noodles, cut tomatoes, and cooked spring rolls.
A plastic container rested on chopped peppers.
Several types of raw meat were stored in the same bin.
And employees ‘personal effects, including a purse, cellphones, and drinks, were mixed with customers’ food and clean utensils.
No one from Komol returned our call for comment.
As for what they tell customers, they’re doing what they’re supposed to do … sort of.
The health district sign which should be ‘posted in a prominent place’ is on the Komol front door, but it is partially hidden so you cannot tell it is an SNHD closing panel.
What you can see is the restaurant’s own sign saying “Closed for maintenance and repair” with an opening scheduled for Thursday April 29th.
Click here to view So Hyang Restaurant’s health report.
Click here to view Komol Restaurant’s health report.