GEORGE TOWN: Two restaurants, highly popular among the Chinese community here, were hit with closure orders after rat droppings, cockroach droppings and a rat carcass were found inside the eateries.
The filthy discoveries were made by enforcement personnel inside the kitchens and storerooms of both eateries during a joint operation by the state Health Department and the Penang Island City Council.
At the Leong Kee Tim Sum Restaurant, an old-fashioned dim sum restaurant at Kimberly Street here, rat and cockroach droppings were found inside the kitchen. Rat urine was also discovered inside the storeroom.
At the Tho Yuen Restaurant at nearby Campbell Street, which serves dim sum in the morning and varieties of noodles and chicken rice in the afternoon, enforcement personnel found the carcass of a rat inside the kitchen. Food remains were also found on two trays of newly-washed dishes.
More disturbingly, at least 10 stainless steel bowls, used to prepare the steamed glutinous rice or "loh mai kai", were filled with tiny worms. Some of the bowls had even turned black.
The council's public health alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong said the two outlets were found to be extremely filthy and unhygienic.
"Both eateries were also slapped with a RM250 compound each for throwing the food remains into the drain," he added.