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China-Chinese Food

For my ultimate love of ma la (麻辣) especially.
Wei Zhi Chiang
Wei Zhi Chiang

Tender chicken slices served chilled in chilli. It’s a little salty to have on its own, but worked well with the other carbs we ordered. Its chilli sauce had a thicker consistency and had a nice heat.

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I love handmade noodles but haven’t been to Tongue Tip since I don’t take beef. Finally got the chance to try their chicken dish, thanks to Tiong Bahru Plaza’s ongoing food promotion - ‘Rewind & Unwind to Your Good ‘Ol Food Paradise’ that’s happening till 6 Oct 2019. You get $20 worth of food hunt vouchers at $15, alongside other membership promotions. It’s worth the price and encourages you to explore new food options (& there are loads in TBP)!

Tongue Tip offers 8 types of noodles to choose from and we went with the ‘small flat’ option. The default oil based sauce wasn’t as flavourful, but it helped to toss in a good amount of their vinegar and chilli. The pan fried chicken pieces looked dry, but were surprisingly well seasoned and pretty tender. If you don’t take beef, skip the accompanying broth as it is beef-based. They also have this dry chicken noodles in large ($10.90) or plain ($7.50/$9/50).

Thank you @tiongbahruplazasg & @burpple for the Food Hunt Vouchers! ✨

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Feels a little pricey but was pretty good! We picked sweet potato noodles, glass noodles, lotus, Chinese lettuce stem and seaweed. It’s just one default level of spice and it came with good heat with an appetising touch of sourness. Would have liked it less oily so that we can enjoy more of its broth, but ingredients were fresh and soaked up the flavours quite nicely.

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I like Gong Yuan’s mala tang for their flavourful and slightly creamy pork-based broth! Apart from the signature ma la, they also have other broths like mushroom, sour vegetables and a new dry mala option. It can come up to a rather pricey bowl due to the fixed rate by weight, but the ingredients are generally pretty fresh. It’s my first time here at their Suntec brunch, and I prefer it to the Orchard one for the comfortable dining space as well as the wider variety of ingredients to pick from!

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Tried another vegetarian ma la xiang guo recently! While it could be more fragrant with a stronger kick of heat, it was still a pretty nice bowl. Ingredients were fresh with a good variety of vegetarian ingredients like mock fishballs and prawns, apart from the usual vegetables and noodles. Though my all time fav is still Green on Earth’s mlxg, Shu’s is slightly more affordable. Also loved the very friendly and welcoming service here. Would be back to try their other dishes - I’m eyeing for the kway chap that’s only available on weekends!

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Smart addition of a leek stuffing in these fried pig intestines, to cut the fattiness a little and give that extra crunch! Intestines were well cleaned, just thought it could be a touch crispier.

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SOOOOO GOOD. Absolutely loved this appetising broth! It was very flavourful with a great balance of spiciness and sourness, along with hits of that familiar numbing mala feel. We went with their rice noodles and I enjoyed it a lot as the noodles were smooth and had a good bite. They didn’t soften over time too. Will surely be back for more!

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Trying this mlxg again since the first time was a while back. This popular spot is usually crowded, so it was also a bit stressful picking ingredients cause only one can do it at a time due to their fridge’s sliding door. 🙊 There’s a minimum of $7, but prices here go by weight without a base charge and it’s slightly cheaper in comparison to others. Pretty decent bowl, price was good but it wasn’t as fragrant.

📍e 品红麻辣香锅 Mala Hot Pot

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Ordering is exactly like how you order mlxg - pick your ingredients, they weigh them and you choose the level of spice you’d like. The main difference here is the type of soup you can opt for. They have 3 types, the Clear Herbal Soup, Sour & Spicy Soup and of course, the Spicy Soup. I went for the Spicy Soup at medium spice. Although it says soup, it was more saucy like a stew and came with a bowl of seaweed soup plus chili sauce! I thought the chili sauce would be redundant, but found myself dipping ingredients into it for that rather addictive extra tangy flavour (similar to Thai sauces). It was fiery at medium spice. Would have this again!

📍冒菜 Mao Cai
Vivocity Kopitiam, Stall R12

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Had just one other biang biang noodles before in Chinatown and between both, I preferred the sauce used here at Xi’an Impressions as the tomatoes weren’t as overwhelming. Biang biang noodles are much wider than our variation of noodles and if you love mee hoon kway’s texture, this is probably something for you. Portion here was huge and toppings were mainly vegetables. It might get a bit too much after awhile, hence would recommend to get another dish to go along and share them with a friend!

📍Xi’an Impression
Kopitiam, Jurong East MRT Station

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I know I know, this bowl looks mega spicy but it actually wasn’t! Think the mlxg stall here in Food Junction changed after their previous renovation as the taste seems kinda different. Got the soup version for lunch cause it was pouring outside! Ingredients were pretty fresh but though it was still a comforting spicy broth for the cold weather, it wasn’t as flavourful. Remember to use your Passion Card to get a 10% discount during certain timings.

📍Xiao Man Niu Mala Xiang Guo
Food Junction, Nex

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Always only had Da Zui Ba’s mlxg via food deliveries and even then, it was usually a great bowl. Finally got to try it freshly fried and it didn’t disappoint!

Think there’s a minimum order of $7, which came up to a huge portion for me for the ingredients I picked. Other than the lotus slices, everything were pretty fresh. Loved that it was very thoroughly fried and bold on its flavour, spice and peppercorns. Even the wide potato noodles that some stalls usually undercook, are done nicely soft and chewy here. Their spice levels are a tad higher than the usuals, so make sure to adjust accordingly!

📍大嘴巴麻辣香锅
Yong Xing Mian Jia Can Shi / Yong Xing Coffee Shop
Blk 155 Bukit Batok Street 11 Singapore 650154

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