Last weekend, my husband and I treated ourselves out to dinner, but instead of being served, we took the food preparation into our own hands. We were at a Hot Pot restaurant, seated at a table for two with a burner built into it.
As the large soup pot bubbled with broth, we dropped in leafy vegetables, mushrooms, noodles, and thinly sliced frozen chicken and beef. My husband was having a grand time. He’d never dined at a Hot Pot restaurant before and was eager to see how the dish he was cooking tasted. Perhaps he was a little too eager.
When I looked across the table at him, he was hunched over with his hand clamped to his mouth and his eyes pressed shut. He’d forgotten to let his food cool before taking a hearty spoonful.
NFPA’s Scald Prevention Safety Tips sheet tells us that hot liquids can cause devastating injuries and that scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries.
• Burns need to be treated right away.
• Cool the burn with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes.
• Cover with a clean, dry cloth.
• Get medical help if needed.
Fortunately, my husband quickly recovered and we were soon enjoying our meal. He is now a Hot Pot enthusiast and realizes that one of the keys to a fine dining experience is practicing a little patience.