10 Best Mala in Singapore That are Mind-Numbingly Good [2021]

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The mala trend has been ongoing for a while now, and it doesn’t look like it’s about to die down anytime soon.

Originating from Sichuan province in China, “mala xiang guo” is formed by a combination of the two Chinese characters: “numbing” (麻) and “spicy (hot)” (辣), and “fragrant wok” (香锅).

Anyone who is an avid fan of the dish can attest that there is just something addictive about tucking into a bowl of tongue-tingling, sweat-inducing and comforting mala (yes, even in the hot and humid weather in Singapore).

Not all mala is made equal though, which is why we have curated the 10 best mala in Singapore for you to get your weekly spice fix!

1. Wan Xin Mala Xiang Guo

best mala in singapore_wan xin mala xiang guo
Source: Wan Xin Mala Xiang Guo
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Islandwide delivery available
– Extensive menu
– Offers other Sichuan dishes such as Chong Qing Grilled Fish, Mapo Tofu and Fragrant Spicy Prawn for sharing
Address1006 Upper Serangoon Road,
Singapore 534744
Contact Number+65 9887 3317
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday
11am – 3am

Wan Xin Mala Xiang Guo is a familiar name for mala lovers staying in the North.

They offer an extensive range of ingredients like potato slices, glass noodles, enoki mushroom, lotus root and meats like chicken and luncheon meat; and you can even order from their set meals and premium bundles for sharing with friends and family.

Reviews talk about the wide variety of dishes available and generous portions. Since they are open daily till 3 am, this also makes them popular as a supper spot.

2. Ding Ding Hong Mala Hotpot

best mala in singapore_ding ding hong mala hotpot
Source: lcfoodbelly on Burpple
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Offers “no spicy” option
– Convenient location in the CBD area
– Cheap and good
Address1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-41,
Maxwell Food Centre,
Singapore 069184
Contact Number+65 9168 2851
Operating HoursClosed on Saturdays

Monday – Friday
11.45am – 10pm

Sunday
11.45am – 10pm

A fairly underrated mala stall is Ding Ding Hong Mala Xiang Guo at Maxwell Market.

A great lunch spot for office workers in the area, you will find your standard ingredients such as Chinese cabbage, mushrooms, Chinese sausage and choice of meats here. The queues can get crazy during lunchtime, so be prepared to wait in line to get your food.

Reviews talk about the generous portions that are highly affordable without compromising on flavours!

3. Le Fuse Cafe

best mala in singapore_le fuse cafe
Source: Le Fuse Facebook
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Malay-Sichuan fusion menu
– Halal-certified
– Wide variety of dishes including beverages and desserts
Address47 Arab St,
Singapore 199744
Contact Number+ 65 8806 9700
Operating HoursMonday – Friday
11.30am – 10pm

Le Fuse is the first 100% Muslim-owned cafe in Singapore selling authentic Sichuan cuisine.

On the menu is a variety of Sichuan dishes such as the mala xiang guo, aromatic beef noodles, Chongqing diced chicken and signature kungfu fish.

While you won’t be able to customize your ingredients like the other mala spots, their mala xiang guo comes with the usual ingredients like Chinese cabbage, enoki mushroom, black fungus lotus roots, Chinese rice cake, tofu sticks, chicken luncheon meat and more. You can then add in additional ingredients and choose from 3 different spice levels: mild, moderate and extreme. 

Reviews talk about the great food and amazing ambience as well as the wide variety of dishes that caters to both spicy and non-spicy eaters. Many have since returned for more!

4. Mala Xiang Guo (Jem)

best mala in singapore_mala xiang guo (jem)
Source: Alderic Teo on Burpple
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Good variety of ingredients
– Affordable price and consistent quality
Address50 Jurong Gateway Road, #05-01,
Jem Cookhouse,
Singapore 608549
Contact Number
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday
10am – 9.30pm

A hidden mala gem in the west is Mala Xiang Guo located inside the food court at Jem.

Hands down one of the most popular stalls in the food court, even those who are picky about their mala will enjoy the wide variety and well-balanced flavours offered here.

Reviews mention the consistent quality and taste that comes at reasonable prices. It can get crowded during peak hours, so do take note.

5. Ri Ri Hong Mala Xiang Guo

best mala in singapore_ri ri hong mala xiang guo
Source: Benjamin Sim on Burpple
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Most popular mala stall in Singapore
– Charges based on the type of ingredients
– Long queues, so be prepared to wait in line
Address32 New Market Road,
#01-1036 & #01-1152,
People’s Park Complex Food Centre,
Singapore 050032
Contact Number
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday
10am – 9.30pm

Ri Ri Hong Mala Xiang Guo is one of the first mala stalls in Singapore that continues to be a crowd-favourite over a decade later.

The pricing system works a little different here and they charge based on the type of ingredients instead of weight, i.e. vegetables, meats and seafood will be charged at $1, $2 and $3 respectively based on how many people are eating.

Reviews talk about the well-marinated meats and “shiok” mala sauce that has just the right balance of spiciness and numbness. However, it is the large portions and low prices that keep people coming back for more.

6. TANG² Malatang

best mala in singapore_tang² malatang
Source: @nibbles.sg on Instagram
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Offers both mala tang and mala xiang guo
– Affordable price
– Conveniently located in town
AddressParklane Shopping Mall, #01-09,
35 Selegie Road,
Singapore 188307
Contact Number+65 9735 8003
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday
10am – 6pm

A hit with students studying in the area and conveniently located in town is TANG² Malatang.

With over 60 ingredients to choose from, you can choose between the mala tang and mala xiang guo. All of their broths are slow-cooked for 127 minutes using old hen and pork thigh bones.

Their mala is also hand-tossed in a special house sauce instead of stir-frying, so you get the kick minus the oil!

Reviews talk about the large variety of ingredients and appetizing soup base. Customers also love the pretty interior and enthusiastic service.

7. You Ma You La (Various Outlets)

best mala in singapore_you ma you la
Source: @tasteit.likeit.loveit on Instagram
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Multiple outlets across Singapore
– Great for eating with friends and family
AddressToa Payoh Outlet
Blk 183 Toa Payoh Central, #01-316,
Singapore 310183

Ang Mo Kio Outlet
S-11 Food House, 51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, 
Singapore 569922 

Woodlands Outlet
S-11 Food Court, Blk 304, Woodlands Street 11,
Singapore 730304
Contact Number+65 9732 3419
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday
11am – 11pm

You Ma You La currently has the largest chain of mala outlets in Singapore. With multiple outlets scattered across the island, you don’t have to worry about having to travel too far for your mala fix.

A fool-proof mala spot, order the usual ingredients such as eggplant, bitter gourd, cabbage, tofu, abalone mushroom, pork belly, seaweed and noodles. The restaurant also offers a large selection of special dishes that are suitable for sharing with friends and family.

Reviews talk about the consistent taste and unique mala sauce that gives the dish the perfect balance of ma and la.

8. Ri Ri Sheng Mala Hotpot

best mala in singapore_ri ri sheng mala hotpot
Source: Jason Ng on Burpple
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Charges based on the type of ingredients
– Fresh ingredients and affordable price
Address823A Tampines Street 81,
Singapore 521823
Contact Number
Operating HoursClosed on Wednesday

Monday – Thursday
10am – 10pm

Friday
10am – 9pm

Saturday & Sunday
10am – 10pm

Not to be confused with Ri Ri Hong Mala Xiang Guo, this is a different mala stall for those in the East. The pricing system is based on the type of ingredients you pick instead of the weight.

Reviews talk about the affordable price and fresh ingredients. It also has just the right ratio of ma and la that always hits the spot.

9. Green on Earth

best mala in singapore_green on earth
Source: HappyCow
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Vegetarian mala
– Available for delivery on FoodPanda and GrabFood
Address386 Upper Bukit Timah Rd,
Singapore 678043
Contact Number+65 6769 2230
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday
11am – 10pm

Green on Earth is a family-run vegetarian restaurant that is famous for its Mala Xiang Guo and Zi Char dishes.

Most customers highly recommend adding the mushrooms and beancurd sticks that help to soak in the juices, as well as the mock meats which add a unique taste to the overall dish. The ingredients go at $3 per 100 grams; making it more expensive than most places.

Reviews talk about the great spread of fresh veggies and mock meats that is just as delicious and flavourful as the non-vegetarian mala! Many customers are regulars and swear by this restaurant for their mala fix!

10. Jin Jin Eating House

best mala in singapore_jin jin eating house
Source: true food club on Burpple
Type of Information Details
Highlights to Note– Great spot for supper
– Large array of ingredients
– Mala tang available
Address496 North Bridge Rd, #01/01, #02-01,
Singapore 188739
Contact Number+65 8812 1121
Operating HoursMonday – Sunday
6am – 3am

Jin Jin Eating House is a mini food court that offers up economic rice, noodles and yes—mala hotpot!

The stall offers a large array of fresh ingredients and they even go beyond the usual three levels of spiciness for those who want an extra kick.

Reviews mention the robust flavours and large array of ingredients that are perfect for refuelling while shopping around the Bugis area. Many have also recommended the soup base.

Conclusion

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We hope that this guide will be useful in helping you to make an informed decision when it comes to finding the best mala in Singapore.

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