Calling out all true mala lovers who cannot resist the spicy and aromatic taste of mala. Despite getting the numbing effect on your tongue and having sweat trickling down your skin, you just cannot help it with this enticing dish of spicy goodness.

Honguo NEX, an authentic Yunnan cuisine restaurant, has just launched their rendition of our favourite Mala Tang and Mala Xiang Guo.

Customise your own mala with the ‘Yong Tau Foo’ style where you get to pick and choose your ingredients starting from $2.90/100g (minimum 300g). Next, select a soup or dry base: mala xiang guo, chicken clear broth, mala soup or salted vegetable soup. Lastly, head to the weighing station to weigh your ingredient bowl to finalise the price.

They have a pretty good range of ingredients to choose from, from the usual meatballs and sausages to premium seafood like mussels and prawns. There is also variety of vegetables and mushrooms, and two different types of noodles as well, Instead of the usual maggi noodles, we opted for something more interesting and probably healthier — spinach noodles!

Our Mala Xiang Guo turned out to be really rich and aromatic, with fragrant spices that tingled my senses just right. You can customise your level of spiciness. For 小辣 (less spicy), I think that the kick is still pretty good!

This new dish is only available at Honguo NEX.

Other dishes to try at Honguo

For those who are non-tolerant to spicy food, there are many other food options to choose from.

Zhuang Yuan Mi Xian ($13.9) is a silky smooth Yunnan rice noodles set that includes a line-up of food items – quail eggs, chives, beancurd thread, dried shrimp, fried meat, spring onion, fish, dou miao, mushrooms, sze chuan vegetable, seaweed, prawn, luncheon meat, fried peanuts, squid & bacon. Throw in all the ingredients and give it a good stir. The broth was extremely creamy and delectable, almost similar to drinking a collagen soup.

The Grilled Pork Collar ($10.8) boasts a tender and juicy texture, enhanced with the rich and complex flavour from the chilli sauce to awaken your senses. The chilli oil dip is a must-try as it adds depth to the entire dish, elevating the flavours to the top.

Prawn Paste Chicken ($8.8) had a tender meat which was perfectly balanced with a crispy exterior, however, the taste was a tad too salty to my liking.

For something more refreshing, give the Stir-fried Dou Miao with Garlic ($10.8) a try, which had a sweet and slightly earthy flavour which was very inviting to whet your appetite.


Location: 23 Serangoon Central, B1-75, Singapore 556083
Tel: +65 6634 4675
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm

*This article is written in partnership with Honguo, but all opinions are of my own

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