The Real Chow Baby at Ponce began the week Monday morning with an opportunity to pull up a recent failing health score.
Last week, the Asian fusion restaurant at 782 Ponce De Leon Avenue received a 59/U, and the inspector said management needed retraining on controlling food safety risks.
For example, hand sanitizer was used to wipe down a food thermometer, an improper method of disinfecting kitchen equipment, the inspector said.
A spring roll in the cooler was wrapped in a kitchen towel instead of disposable packaging or placed in a covered container.
An employee was seen handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands instead of using a utensil or wearing gloves. And an employee’s open beverage container was on the food prep table near clean equipment and utensils.
In other violations, some food temperatures in the walk-in cooler were too high. Fish was being held at 54 degrees, and raw chicken was at 46 degrees. Juices in the bar coolers were past their expiration dates. They were discarded.
A container of fish and a bag of sugar in the walk-in freezer were stored on the floor.
Shelves next to the ice machine had a lot of dust, and the exterior of the ice machine and fryer door needed cleaning. The cooler also needed cleaning.
The Real Chow Baby at Ponce was expecting an improved score following Monday’s inspection, according to manager Marauda Rice, but the health report was not available at press time.
The restaurant’s previous scores were 89/B and 88/B.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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