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While authentic Chinese cuisine can be an acquired taste for the Western palate, boiled rat is something you'd never want to see on the menu...or already on your plate.

A pregnant woman found a dead rodent in her hot pot after having a few bites at a popular Chinese restaurant chain in Beijing.


She and her husband were dining at Xiabu Xiabu on September 6 when she discovered the rat.

According to BBC, the restaurant staff offered to pay for her abortion if her body was contaminated from the tainted soup.



A video of the dead rat fished out of the soup with chopsticks was posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo, where it quickly went viral.

It made people sick to their stomachs.

Warning: this video shared by South China Morning Post on YouTube is not for the faint of heart.


"I feel like vomiting. I'm never going to eat hotpot outside again," said one Weibo user.

Another commented, "Xiabu Xiabu has always been one of my favourite restaurants, I thought they were quite clean as well... I can't believe this."


How the rat managed to make its way into the boiling pot remains a mystery.

Others saw humor in the incident and joked that the boiled rat was a delicacy.


The restaurant chain offered to pay the woman 5,000 yuan ($729), but her husband, identified as Mr. Ma, rejected the offer until his wife received a full physical examination to determine a proper settlement.

Ma claimed the staff told him, "If you are worried about the baby, then we'll give you 20,000 yuan ($3,000) to abort it."

Xiabu Xiabu's share price on September 11 took a plunge, losing $190 million in value. Given the angry reactions, it could take a while for them to recover.

But as of Wednesday, BBC reported that Xiabu Xiabu market shares are gradually going back up.



While health inspectors didn't find a rat infestation in the restaurant, the outlet was shut down for other violations.

According to NDTB, the location had been using "pooled water in the food processing areas and using produce suppliers without full qualifications."

There are 759 Xiabu Xiabu locations in China.

Hot pot is a popular Asian communal soup in which diners cook their meals together in a shared pot. Depending on the region, the broth and meats vary, but generally not to this extreme.


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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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