Newcastle and Maitland Council food and safety inspectors have fined three Hunter Valley restaurants for health and safety breaches.
The first incident occurred at a noodle outlet in September where inspectors measured a pot of chicken stock at a hazardous temperature.
Inspectors found the stock had been out of temperature control for four hours.
Its temperature measured just under 33 degrees celsius.
The business was fined $440 for failing to store potentially hazardous food under the appropriate temperature control.
A similar breach was detected at a sushi restaurant in East Maitland.
It had already been warned by Maitland Council inspectors and was fined nearly $900 for failing to display sushi at the correct temperature.
A Thai restaurant at Honeysuckle was also fined $880 after Newcastle Council inspectors found a large rice cooker obstructing a hand washing basin.