This Man Ate Chinese Soup So Spicy it Burned a Hole in His Stomach

So a dude walks into a hospital…and got diagnosed with a hole in the wall of his stomach only explainable by the spicy Chinese hot pot he ate a few hours earlier.

Doctors at a hospital in Wuhan, China, were perplexed when a 26-year-old-man with no history of gastrointestinal disorders ended up in their emergency room after eating soup so spicy it apparently opened up a hole in the wall of his stomach. Like many hot pot restaurants in China, customers have the option of choosing the degree of spiciness their broth will encompass. In this particular case, it was a mala hot pot — málà literally translating to “numbing hot,” made using “a combination of chili pepper and a special spice, “Sichuan pepper”, known to cause a numbing sensation in the mouth.”

The victim in this particular story had ordered the spiciest batch of mala hot pot on the menu. Shortly after putting down the meal, he began to feel a pain in his stomach, followed by vomiting up a significant amount of blood. The man was rushed to a local hospital where doctors found the hole in his stomach. Japanese site RocketNews24 reports that prior to this incident, the gentleman involved had no medical history of ulcers or other gastrointestinal disorders.

Interestingly enough, the hospital the victim arrived at reported roughly 15% gastrointestinal cases are said to result from hot pot-related incidents. Scary stuff.

H/T + PictureThx: RocketNews24

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Yum! Brands Makes Offer for Chinese Hot Pot Chain “Little Sheep”?

Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company, made an announcement earlier this week that revealed its proposed plans for Chinese-based Little Sheep hot pot chain. Yum! Brands, the people behind KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco BellA&W Restaurants and Long John Silver’s, totaling 38,000 restaurants in over 110 countries and territories, look to add one more major restaurant to their impressive portfolio.

Not a random investment opportunity, Yum! has been a significant shareholder in the Little Sheep brand since 2009, currently holding 27.2% of the company’s shares. The Yum! brand believes that a stronger partnership will accelerate Little Sheep’s development, benefiting from certain flexibility and access to additional growth capital from Yum! at short notice.

In layman’s terms, Little Sheep will have the benefit of that Yum! money. The partnership won’t be one-sided though. Having entered the Chinese market in 1987, China is now Yum!’s number one market in terms of restaurant development. A recent NY Times report noted that 500 Yum! restaurants opened throughout mainland China alone, generating more than one-third of its annual revenue in the country.

With Yum!’s 6.50 Hong Kong dollar ($0.84) offer for most of the company’s shares puts the company’s valuation at $682 million. The aim was to raise Yum!’s stake in the company to 63.2 percent, with the remaining percentage going to Little Sheep founders Zhang Gang and Chen Hongkai.

Yum! is currently the global leader in the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Time to capture that Chinese Food + Hot Pot swag? Seems like a likely direction for the restaurant giant.

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Bobby Hundreds at HotPot (Hong Kong)

My blog roll is nearing the the hundreds (no pun intended, but I’ll cheerfully accept). Whether it’s a food blog, Perez Hilton, tech blogs, fashion blogs or Xangas, it’s probably on my wake-up-and-read list every morning. If you e-mail me your personal blog, most likely I will end up checking back to see what’s good in your life. I digress, today I bring you one of the blogs that are top tier on my list of things to read. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bobby Hundreds, dude is the creative director and founder of The Hundreds clothing, and one of the main drives of the brand, in my opinion, is his blog. To be honest, I don’t own a single article of The Hundreds clothing, but you gotta respect branding and culture that gets invested into the brand. Today we bring to you one of Bobby Hundred’s “work” trips to Hong Kong and goes out to a local restaurant called “HotPot” with his friends and co-workers.