麻辣 | Ma La

麻辣 | Ma La

For those looking for some spicy & numbing goodness. Spiciness levels are rated with 🌶
Amanda Liu
Amanda Liu

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Sichuan Village serves up your classic szechuan dishes as well as skewers! The best part, they open till late (3am)!

A must have would include the spicy chicken 辣子鸡 as that sorta sets the benchmark for a good Szechuan store.

Oh boy were we in for a ride. If you're a fan of spice, you have to try this!! Although it looks fairly harmless, the spiciness hits you, till you get a tad bit dizzy, but after that when you settle back down, you realise how fragrant & addictive these tiny bites are & you go back again, only to realise that you're starting to get droplets of perspiration trickling off your forehead.

But fear not as you have your trusty ice cold beer 雪花 on the side to wash down all the spice & for you to put yourself through that "joy" again.


Spice: 🌶🌶
Portion: 2 pax

Located within Holland Village Food Centre, Mala Xiang Guo (Chong Qing Kao Yu) is a corner store serving up your usual MLXG & other cooked items!

The ingredients range between $1-$3 each, so the price fluctuates slightly if you add more meat in, but other than that, their medium spice hits all the right spots & was well-balanced in terms of the numbing & spicy departments.

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Spiciness: 中辣 (M) 🌶🌶

Was deciding what to have for dinner & was craving for mala, so I scrolled through Burpple & found this new store that has recently opened nearby.

Took a walk over to find it located within the S11 behind the Bishan Library, just a quick 3 minutes walk from the library.

As the entire coffee shop had recently undergone renovation, everything was new & really clean!

The store had their fridge outside the store and had the usual suspects that you would need to find. At $6.60, I took the following items: oyster mushrooms, shimeji mushrooms, black fungus, Tau gua (beancurd), beancurd skin, potatoes, lotus root & instant noodles. These are my usual orders & I'd usually pay at least $8 outside, but the rates here are really competitive!!

Ordered it & paid easily with favepay (yay), and allow for us to tweak it accordingly to the amount of oil and salt that you'd like.

Waited for about 15 minutes amidst the dinner crowd at 6.45pm and was greeted with a nicely plated bowl of my ingredients topped with peanuts (yay to no parsley). The spiciness for medium was alright, not too spicy, and they really cut down on the oil and salt, which made the bowl much more flavourful!

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Tried this store after looking at the huge crowd that was waiting for their food orders!

The long queue was due to the fact that they only had 1 Chef cooking, but that also meant that there was quality control & you definitely can’t taste it!

Every mouthful was flavourful (香) & numbing, yet we wanted to dive in for another bite time & time again. We only ordered less spicy (小辣) but it tasted spicier than most less spicy versions out there! So do remember to order a level lower if you can’t too much spice.

Apart from the stir dry, it also comes with soup options if you prefer mala soup, or even the tomato or chicken soup bases.


If you’re a fan of all things spicy, I suggest you try out their Spicy Beef! Best cooked in the mala broth, the tender beef slices are marinated in a picante sauce, before being dusted with chilli flakes.

After cooking, majority of the chilli flakes would have joined the broth, and what you get is a tender slice of beef with hints of spiciness tingling your taste buds!

Definitely not for the faint hearted or those who can’t take spice!

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Known to be an authentic Sichuan hot pot place that originates from Chengdu, Sichuan, China; Da Miao Hotpot has had a permanent spot in Clarke Quay for the past 2 years!

New on their menu is the Beauty Collagen Soup ($42 | Whole Pot, $32 | Yuan Yang Pot). The main ingredients from the soup broth are pork bone and fish maw, which are collagen-rich products! Apart from that, pig skin, chicken feet and pumpkin are added to the broth to provide you a slightly sweet, yet savoury soup broth.

What I enjoy the most out of this broth is that it’s not too thick, making it enjoyable and easy to drink even after boiling for hours! This also pairs perfectly with the mala as it helps to cool down the heat & sweeten every mouthful when it’s burning.

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A new mala spot that opened a couple of months ago & are currently running a continuous promotion of 30% regardless of what you order!

Our massive mountain of items which includes meats, tofu, potatoes, lotus root, black fungus, vegetables, spam, mushrooms, maggie & a couple of others, together with 3 cans of drinks, cost us only $29.60! That’s an average of about $10 per pax, which seemed quite affordable, seeing how much MLXG cost these days!

We went for the less spicy 小辣 which was really just a hint of spiciness, so any person with low tolerance of spice would be able to take! You can also opt for a less oily option, which does help to make the dish less sinful & slightly more enjoyable!

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One of the newest stores located at Food Alley at Toa Payoh Central is Hong Fan Tian 红翻天 Mala HotPot.

There are plenty of mala stores sprouting around Singapore, but this store is probably one of the most affordable ones around!

The cost of items goes by weight, but at a fixed price of $1.98/100g, regardless of items. So if you’re the type that loves a meat fix, this will definitely be way more affordable than the other places that serves meat at $2.50-$3/100g.

The variety of ingredients is comparable to most mala stores, with your usual suspects of meats, and mushrooms, and they even have udon!!

Apart from the weight, you’d just need to top up an additional $1.50 for the base, be it the Mala hotpot, mala soup or clear soup.

If the fragrant pot is not for you, they also have the grilled fish buffet at $19.80 nett per pax, with a minimum of 2 pax to dine. #worthit

Where else to enjoy simple mala dishes apart from the usual fragrance pot is at @enjoymala!
Located on the fourth floor of Orchard Central, next to the now defunct STRAY by Fatcat, you’d be able to Enjoy the many different Mala dishes they have for you!
Each dish comes with a mala soup broth (standardised spiciness), so if you’re really into mala, this is perfect for you!
One of my fav dishes would be the Sweet Potato Noodles 宽粉 ($6.90) as I get a full bowl of slippery, chewy, bouncy sweet potato noodles soaked well in mala broth, topped with peanuts, chilli padi and coriander.
Other popular favourites (swipe left) is the spicy spare ribs, spicy wontons & prawn paste balls!
If you’re a #burpplebeyond subscriber, good news for you! Enjoy Mala is available and you’d be able to get 1 for 1 Sichuan dishes!
Apart from that, for all who order & dine in, you get free flow ice cream too! So if the heat is too much for you, there’s always lime, vanilla or chocolate tubs waiting for you.
#burpple #aroundwithamd #enjoymala


Available as part of #burpplebeyond’s 1 for 1 offerings, the Si Chuan Spare Ribs was a right choice.

The spareribs were cut into small bite-sized pieces and cooked in the mala broth, served with the large beansprouts, leafy vegetables and topped with cut chilli padi and spring onions.

The meat is done perfectly that it slides off the bone with just a small tug; making it extremely soft and enjoyable. Have it together with the mala broth and you’ve got yourself a hot party going on.


After finding out about this quiet space in Orchard Central, I’m back again for the second time to enjoy the quiet space and spicy hot bowls of mala.

One of the must gets would include this Si Chuan Spicy Wontons. Each bowl comes with the large bean sprouts, the main item and a mala broth. The wontons are generously filled with prawn and minced pork, before being wrapped in thin dumpling sheets. The broth that it is cooked in is drinkable (yes you heard that right), after removing the layer of oil on top of it.

P/S: for every person who dines you, you get to help yourself at the free flow ice cream bar to help you get rid of the fire. The ice cream comes in small individual cups with 3 flavours - lime, vanilla and chocolate.


As with every spicy hotpot, Fat Bird has their own version whereby they’ve already pre-added ingredients into their pots!

The spicy & fragrant chicken pot came as 微辣 (less spicy) and had thick chunks of chicken (breast, thighs & wings), cooked in the mala sauce, with bean sprouts (the thick korean kind) & topped with the usuals of peanuts, coriander and spring onion.

The result was tender tasting chicken with extremely drinkable soup (cause it’s really not that spicy), which is perfect to be eaten as is, or with rice!

Pair it with fried bean curd skin ($3.80 a portion) and you’re good to go!


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