[Updated 30 September 2020]
Looking for a real kick of spice for your next meal? We've got a treat for all you spicy food lovers in Kuala Lumpur! If you're a true blue spicy foodie, you might have heard of the food craze called mala taking Singapore by storm. Guess what? Now, you can find it in KL too, thanks to a local eatery called Mala Mala ? And it's probably the only halal version that you can find.
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For the uninitiated, the term, "ma la" literally translates to "numbing spice" and it actually refers to an oily and spicy sauce which originated from Sichuan province in China. It consists of Sichuan peppercorns, chilli peppers and various other spices. This lethal combination causes a numbing feeling on your taste buds but that's what makes it unique!
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Mala Mala serves the stir-fried version of mala called "Mala Xiang Guo" and how it works is that you'll choose your preferred ingredients from a range of more than 60 items (buffet-style). There's an extensive variety of items, from meat to seafood, soy products, vegetables and noodles or rice. Then, the staff will weigh it and it'll be charged according to the price category of the items.
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Now here comes the best part - there are 4 different spice levels and you can state your preference too! If you can't take spice but want some of that numbing feeling, then get 'Rempah Je' (only spices) or 'Pedas Sikit' (a little bit spicy). But if you think you can handle the heat, then get 'Pedas Sangat' (really spicy) or 'Pedas Gila' (crazy spicy)! We hear the 'Pedas Gila' is not for the faint-hearted, so time to challenge your friends to a spice-off ?
So, if your taste buds are up for a challenge this Ramadan, why not head over to Mala Mala for a fiery meal? Call all your fellow spicy food lovers along and enjoy this spicy goodness!
P.S. Looking for halal mala in Singapore instead? We've rounded up 6 amazing places!
Halal status: Uses halal ingredients. No pork, lard and alcohol is used or served in the establishment.
1) Mala Mala KL
Address: Melawati Mall, LG-03, 355, Jalan Bandar Melawati, Pusat Bandar Melawati, 53100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-10PM
2) Mala Mala Putrajaya
Address: L2-17, East Wing (near ice-skating rink), IOI City Mall Putrajaya, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM-9.30PM
Contact: +6016 323 3206