They deserve a slap in the noodle for this one.
Two apparently drunk chowhounds sneaked into a Xi’an Famous Foods restaurant over the weekend to whip up some tasty dumplings — only for their midnight snack attack to fail miserably and get roasted online by the chain’s founder.
The ham-handed kitchen invasion — which was caught on camera — went down around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at one of the authentic Western Chinese chain’s eight city locations — best known for slapping the dough of their hand-torn noodles, according to a Facebook post by the company.
The unidentified location had an “electronic lock unexpectedly disengaged due to a temporary power failure,” the post said.
“So, two trespassers came in and started trying to cook dumplings (inexplicably, in cold water),” the post read. “While we can respect that one has cravings for our food late at night, it is still trespassing, and it’s really not OK for you to feel so entitled to be able to waltz into a commercial kitchen (even if the door was unlocked, it’s still closed) and start fumbling with equipment and food.”
Apparently unknown to the two carb-craving women, the entirety of their nearly six-minute kitchen misadventure was captured on a Nest video camera — including audio as they tried to make their late-night snack.
“Are we trespassing?” one of the women wondered as they walked into the kitchen and she strolled behind the register to imitate a cashier. “Hello! Order number 100!”
“I’m making myself some noodles,” her partner announced, heading toward the kitchen’s appliances.
But the menu changed when the would-be cashier found a bag of dumplings — though she still voiced some concerns as she handed them to her pal in the kitchen.
“Don’t you dare turn those fryers on,” she warned.
“Hey, I worked in the food industry,” the wannabe chef assured her.
While one of the women stepped out of frame to keep watch, they mused about the situation.
“Why didn’t they lock it?” asked the lookout.
“‘Cause they don’t give a s–t!” answered the woman in the kitchen.
“Are we gonna get in trouble?” the lookout shot back.
“I mean, they should have locked it, so no,” her partner figured.
“What am I watching for again?” asked the confused woman on guard.
With that, the woman in the kitchen fired up one of the cookers, then walked off in search of more food as her partner turned the restaurant’s lights on brighter.
But seconds later, the lookout got cold feet.
“I don’t want to do this,” she whined. “They’re gonna get mad at us.”
“Who?” asked her partner.
“The light people,” the lookout said.
The cook soon became paranoid too, and they decided to bail on the operation — but not before she took some food for the road.
“I’m stealing these dumplings,” she said, grabbing the bag and heading out of the kitchen.
When the restaurant’s staff opened up hours later, they found the kitchen in disarray.
“The next day, we noticed some food scattered around the kitchen (a couple of uncooked dumplings strangely dropped into the cooker, and a bun floating in water),” the Facebook post read. “Staff were puzzled, as everything was properly cleaned and closed the night before. Thankfully, we have Nestcams, and we saw what happened…
“It’s not legal, it’s not safe for our guests or even yourselves,” it continued. “Yes, the food is just too good to pass up, it’s like having a golden ticket to the XFF safe, but, no, don’t.”
The restaurant had to close for business on Sunday to deep-clean the kitchen and toss any food that may have been contaminated by the intruders.
The post featured some running commentary on the video from Xi’an Famous founder Jason Wang, including his compliments to the chef for declaring on camera she was “stealing” the dumplings.
“Announcing one’s crime,” he wrote. “Appreciate the clarity.”
But despite the inconvenience and loss of business, the chain said that they were willing to cut the duo some slack if they came forward and made things right.
“So, we hope you enjoyed the bag of dumplings you stole (remember, they don’t cook in cold water),” the post read, urging the women to contact the restaurant to pay for the grub and other expenses incurred from their intrusion.
“We haven’t filed a police report yet, and wanted to provide you with a chance to fix your momentary lapse in judgement (and sobriety apparently),” the post continued. “If you do reach out soon, there’s no hard feelings, and you can continue to enjoy XFF in the future (when we are open, and pay for your food), and this will just be a funny story to tell your friends.”