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John Cena’s Love of Lao Gan Ma Chili Sauce Is So Pure He Can Talk About It in Mandarin

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John Cena attends the screening of 20th Century Fox's "Ferdinand" at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images

John Cena’s in love! The WWE star, who recently called it quits with former fiancé Nikki Bella, might not have a new woman in his life just yet, but he’s certainly infatuated with something new – Lao Gan Ma chili sauce.

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Cena, 41, is currently shooting a movie, and though it’s unclear exactly where the Trainwreck star is filming, he was given some Lao Gan Ma, which is Chinese for old godmother, and now he can’t get enough. In fact, the pro wrestler even shared his love for the spicy sauce in a message to his Chinese fans via the Weibo app in September. What’s more? Cena even declared his love for Lao Gan Ma in Mandarin!

“Hello Weibo! I’m currently shooting a movie and I’m on a break and having a meal. I cannot use my mobile phone during filming so I’m now filming this (video) because they gave me Lao Gan Ma,” he said, according to Mothership. “I am not familiar with Lao Gan Ma, but the Chinese say this is an excellent chili sauce. So now I use Lao Gan Ma every day on my broccoli. I use a lot of Lao Gan Ma. This is not an advertisement. I am not related to Lao Gan Ma in any way.”

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The Massachusetts native went on to say that he’s “trying to embrace more Chinese culture,” and is doing that by eating broccoli with Lao Gan Ma every day. [It’s] “really, really good,” he said of the popular Chinese condiment. “I really like it.”

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Though Lao Gan Ma may be unfamiliar to Americans, the sauce, which was first sold in 1997, is very popular in China and is frequently used in noodle dishes. The sauce’s creator, Tao Huabi, once employed 40 people at her company, and now employs over 2,000. It makes sense considering 1.3 million bottles of Lao Gan Ma are produced each day!

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