Heating Up

by | Sep 1, 2022

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China is facing an historic heat wave, and people have found an unusual form of shelter. I’m Brian Banmiller on Business.

There’s a city in southwestern China where people have found an unlikely way to cool off. By paying a visit to a restaurant known as the cave hotpot, located in a world war era air-raid shelter. During the fighting these were dug deep into caves to protect people from bombings. Because of their location the temperature in these converted caves is a lot cooler than it is outside. But one of these restaurants is playing into the theme of cave hotpot. Inside, tables and chairs line two narrow corridors. Diners drop beef tripe, meat, fish and vegetables into a bubbling broth filled with red chili peppers and peppercorns known to make your lips go numb. For anyone not willing to risk the heat there is a non-spicy broth also available. The tradition of the dish began in the sixteenth century when porters ate the spicy food after a hard day’s work on the docks along the river. Now, it’s paying off for a new generation of business owners. Brian Banmiller, CBS News.

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CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.

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