The next time you enjoy a hot pot session with your friends or loved ones, you may want to offer up a thank you to Genghis Khan. More known are his conquests and remarkable military tactics, though the warrior is also largely accredited with inventing hot pot. While traversing the northern plains of China, Genghis Khan and his Mongolian horsemen would, come mealtime, upturn their helmets, and over fires cook their rations of meats in simmering broths. After the invasion by the Mongolians, the Chinese learnt of this dish, took it and adapted it for themselves. The most famous variation to come of this experiment has got to be the Sichuan-originating mala, which calls for a myriad of spices.