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There's spicy, and then there is málà, the characteristic flavor that the Chinese Sichuan region is famous for. Jia is the founder of the Hot Pot Queen brand. In 1982, five months after she was born, her mother He Yongzhi opened Little Swan, a small hotpot restaurant in the heart of Chongqing that struggled to fit three tables. Little Swan marked the beginnings of the widespread proliferation of the "Yuan Yang" mala hotpot, her mother's invention, inspired by the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, that would go on to become one of the most iconic staples of Sichuan cuisine and cement her legacy as the "Queen of Hotpot".