If there’s one food craze that’s taken Singapore by storm it’s got to be Mala! Originating from Sichuan province in China, “mala” literally means “numbing spice” and this fiery sauce made with Sichuan peppercorns has been delighting spice lovers everywhere. There’s just something about that numbing feeling that makes it so alluring. ?Even fast-food joints like KFC (click to watch our review!) and 4Fingers have come up with mala-inspired dishes on their menu! Thankfully, with more halal eateries in Singapore popping up, there’s also been a wave of halal mala eateries for you to get your mala fix. ? So, if you’re a “die-hard” mala fan, then this guide is for you! Read on for the top 7 places in Singapore for halal mala!
1. Le FuseIf you’re looking for mala with a variety of other halal Sichuan dishes, then Le Fuse will definitely satisfy your palate. The go-to dish here is their Mala Xiang Guo (spicy dry pot) which consists of typical ingredients like potatoes, luncheon meat, sausages, lotus and black fungus stir-fried in their mala sauce. Unlike other mala eateries, you can’t customise your ingredients but the generous portion makes up for it, and you can choose from 3 different spice levels. The regular pot costs $12.80 but if you’re sharing with a bigger group, then get the large one for $15.80 instead! Plus, did you know that Le Fuse also imports its peppercorns directly from China so as to keep the taste authentic?
If that’s not enough to fire up your taste buds, then order Le Fuse’s other tantalising dishes such as their Chongqing Diced Chicken ($9.80) — chicken breast chunks seasoned with more than 10 different spices are stir-fried in dried chillis and Sichuan peppercorns. Their Sichuan Braised Beef Noodles ($11.80) are a must-try too! If you’re feeling more adventurous, give their Malay-Sichuan fusion dishes a try. The Dendeng Beef Sichuan ($12.80) substitutes normal beef slices with BBQ meat instead for a rich and smoky taste. ?Halal status: Muslim-owned Average price: $15 Opening hours: Open daily; 12PM - 10PM (Last order 9.30PM) Address: 47 Arab St, Kampong Gelam, Singapore 199744 Contact: +65 87485040 Facebook | Instagram
2. Mala Hot Pot, Paya Lebar Square CantineThere are so many halal options in Paya Lebar— from authentic Chinese hand-pulled noodles to Sichuan dumplings. So, it’s no surprise that you can get your mala fix here too! Head over to the Cantine food court at the basement of Paya Lebar Square to have a taste of this spice paradise ?
At first glance, you might just mistake this stall for a yong tau fu stall as the set-up is the same. Pick a good mix of your favourite ingredients, let the staff know your preferred spice level — mildly spicy, spicy or extra spicy — and you’re all set! You can also opt for a dry or soup version. For a kick to your taste buds, we recommend choosing spicy or extra spicy but do note that the taste isn’t that numbing. The mala gravy is also really rich in flavour and it gets even spicier as you get to the bottom of the bowl. Don’t forget to get ready a glass of water before you dig in! ?
#HHWT Tip: Though the ingredients might add up to a pretty large amount (more than $10), the portions are quite generous and it’s perfect for 2 to share, so no need to order separate portions unless you’re really hungry!
Halal status: Halal-certified
Average price: $10 Opening hours: Open daily; 7AM - 10PM Address: 60 Paya Lebar Rd, Paya Lebar Square Basement 1, Singapore 409051 Facebook
3. Mala Hot Pot, Changi City Point KopitiamTucked all the way in the east, Changi City Point's Kopitiam food court is filled with amazing halal food options and one of them is the Mala Hot Pot stall! The mala gravy here is super flavourful (but not too overwhelming!) and the numbing sensation is pretty mild. So, it's great if you're looking for a perfect balance between spice and numbness.
We recommend getting the dry mala to soak up all the flavours. What we love is that the spice levels are really accurate too - you will get what you choose ? The only downside is that the items here are pricier than other mala eateries on the list so do take note of the prices while choosing! To get your money's worth, we recommend sharing with your friends.
Halal status: Halal-certifiedAverage price: $17 Opening hours: Open daily; 8AM - 9.30PM Address: Stall 12, Kopitiam Food Court, #02-01/02 Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038
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4. Mala Hotpot, Hillion Mall Kopitiam
Credit: Aini Binte Madon on FacebookThis one is for all the westies! In need of a spicy hotpot soup to warm you up this rainy season? Mala Hotpot at Hillion Mall is where you should go ? The variety of ingredients here is quite limited as compared to other mala eateries on this list but you can still find your standard items like lotus root, sausages, black fungus, mushrooms and potatoes. Get their Mala Hot Pot (soup version) and you’ll find yourself slurping a bowl of piping red soup. Challenge yourself to the highest level of spice — it’s spicy even for those with a high spice tolerance ?
But if you don’t intend on burning your tongue with hot soup, we recommend getting the dry version instead. Although this stall ranks high on the spice list, it doesn’t really have that numbing factor. In terms of price, it isn’t too bad either. You can spend around $20+ for a big bowl to share among 2–3 people.
Halal status: Halal-certifiedAverage price: $15 Opening hours: Open daily; 7AM - 10PM Address: Stall R1, #02–15/16/18/19/20 Hillion Mall, 17 Petir Rd, Singapore 678278