With McDonald’s launch of their Mala McShaker fries, it’s safe to say that Mala has mass appeal. But did you know that Mala is currently at the zenith of its popularity here in Singapore? After all, Mala has been steadily building up its base to reach out to fans from all corners of the island.
And I’m not just talking about how the Mala Hotpot stall has somehow become a staple of Singapore’s hawker centres. How many Yong Tau Foo stalls have veered from serving Yong Tau Foo with Mala soup base, only to transform into full-time Mala Hotpot stalls? Next, Mala made its way into our malls, targeting fast food chains, bakeries and well, anything you can think of. Even Durex popped in during April Fool’s in 2019 to drop this cheeky ad:
From Burger King’s Mala Stacker Burger in July 2019, to BreadTalk’s Mala Twist nearly a whole year later, there are new Mala-related product launches all the time.
But maybe you’ve grown weary of all things Mala or more specifically, you’ve become cynical when it comes to their ability to impress your tastebuds.
Well, here are some Mala dishes you might not have heard of.
It’s difficult to go wrong with fried chicken. If you’d like a cosy bar to spend your evening with a few pals, relaxing with a few pints, why not head on over to The Tipsy Penguin? They have good vibes, live music, chilled beer and of course, their Szechuan Mala Karaage.
Made with their special in-house Mala blend, it’s a fan favourite because everybody loves Mala.
Address: 300 Tampines Avenue 5, #01-02A, Singapore 529653 (located right opposite Tampines Hub)
Who doesn’t like a good kebab? Whether you’re craving a mixed meat kebab or an Impossible kebab, Kebab Faktory has it. They even have paneer kebabs, for those that like it cheesy. Best of all, you can now turn any kebab into a Mala kebab, by simply adding $1 to your order.
Also, Kebab Faktory has 3 outlets, so you’re that much closer to simply just walking out and returning with a Mala kebab in your hand.
Address (1): 1 Shenton Way, #01-06, Singapore 068803
Address (2): 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, #01-34, JTC Launchpad, Singapore 139957
Address (3): 107 North Bridge Rd, #02-31, Funan, Singapore 179105
Ramen Matsuri’s signature is its chicken broth. Its famously rich and full flavour come from cooking whole chickens for more than 6 hours at a time. If you love Mala but am getting a little weary of your neighbourhood Mala stall, there’s always the Mala Ramen. Whether you prefer it dry or soupy, you’ll eat well knowing that the Mala stock is freshly prepared daily.
Want a little something extra? Add an ajitama egg or some char siew and choose your spicyness level from 1 – 3!
Address: 7 N Canal Rd, Singapore 048820
It’s impossible to know for sure when Singapore’s Mala bubble will burst but we suspect it will not come any time soon.
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