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Spicy Soup Burns a Hole in Man's Stomach & We're Never Ordering That

by Jennifer Lawinski on December 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

chinese soupI love Chinese food, but sometimes, the spiciness can be too much. I was eating some General Tso's chicken recently and accidentally ate one of those little dark red chili peppers. You know what I'm talking about. The little ones that look innocent enough but secretly are just waiting to ruin an otherwise wonderful meal by burning your mouth to smithereens. I ate it by accident and thought I'd never put out the fire in my mouth.

But that's nothing compared to what happened to a diner in China. A 26-year-old man ate a bowl of soup that was so spicy that it burned a hole in his stomach. A HOLE IN HIS STOMACH. What kind of soup was it? Because I think we should all avoid it forever.

The man ate something called mala soup, which means "numbing hot." Which also apparently means "will burn a hole in your stomach." The man chose the spiciest version of the soup, and had to be rushed to the hospital because he began throwing up blood.

Mala soup is a traditional Chinese dish usually made with Sichuan pepper and chili pepper. "The combination is known to cause a numbing sensation when consumed," according to The Daily Mail.

I am a wimp when it comes to spice. I think medium salsa is sometimes too much, so the very idea of this soup makes me cringe. I can't imagine a situation in which I would eat something that would be so spicy it made me numb. I'd have to be, like, tied down and a prisoner in some terrible dungeon. I really don't like food that causes me pain.

Some people do though, so I say, uh, enjoy! But there are reasonable limits here. Soup that's so spicy that it actually causes you physical harm should never be served to anyone, and I definitely will NOT be ordering that stuff if I ever see it on a menu.

How much spice can you handle?

 

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  • dixie...
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    dixiechick2

    December 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM
    The spicier the better !
  • MsRkg
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    MsRkg

    December 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM
    ^^ what she said. I like my food insanely spicy.
  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    December 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM
    I like lots of spice, but it has to actually taste good, too. Eating hot peppers for the sake of eating peppers is silly. Vindaloo curry, my dad's spicy chili, flaming oyster shooters or FIL's red hot pasta sauce? Mmm.
  • Rosaline
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    Rosaline

    December 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM
    The hottest peppers I've tried is the Thai chilli peppers and hanebero peppers. I'm kinda a wimp when it comes to peppers so I have to have a big glass of milk with me.
  • dixie...
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    dixiechick2

    December 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM
    Try ghost peppers.
  • Badge83
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    Badge83

    December 28, 2012 at 9:23 PM
    The spicier the better.
  • rhps2000
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    rhps2000

    December 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM
    Hubby's fave Thai dish is yum nua (grilled beef in a spicy and pungent marinade). When the server asked how spicy he wanted it, he'd say, "make me cry". Silly me. I once sneaked a tiny bite off his plate before we got our drinks. He didn't know what was wrong or why I was gasping and sputtering for water. I like a little spice, but daaaayum! That was too spicy! That's the last time I did that too. :S
  • funmo...
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    funmommy123

    December 29, 2012 at 4:17 AM
    I LOVE spicy food! I scramble my eggs with habeneros all the time. It's really good!
  • Karma...
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    KarmaGrant

    December 29, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I like spice but not insane Asian spice like my husband likes. I like jalapeno and habanero, he likes the Korean and Thai spicy that is just entirely too much for me.  My Korean mother in law loves asian spice but can't handle things like jalapeno. 


  • Jake
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    Jake

    December 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM
    I've had mala before--the peppers numb your tongue, but not because they are super-duper spicy. It's just the effect of the pepper. It has an interesting effect on the taste of the food because parts of your tongue will be randomly numb and tingly while you eat. I don't think a guy starts throwing up blood without some kind of pre-existing condition.
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