What is mala tang? For the uninitiated, it’s “spicy, numbing soup”. Think a one-person express version of a Sichuan hotpot where you pick your own ingredients like sliced meat, veg, noodles, then choose your broth and pay by weight. Somewhat like a fiery yong tau foo.
Harbin-born restaurant chain Yang Guo Fu is famous for this dish — the brand has over 6,000 outlets across the globe and boasts queues of up to two hours at some of their branches in China. According to its press release, it's one of the world's largest mala tang chains. The two 60-seater outlets at Singpost Centre and Victoria Street in Singapore, opening later this month, are their first outposts in Southeast Asia.