Mala tang gains traction among spicy food lovers

Tomato mala soup from Gong Yuan Mala Tang (left) and a mala-based dish from Ah Xin Mala Tang.
Tomato mala soup from Gong Yuan Mala Tang (left) and a mala-based dish from Ah Xin Mala Tang.PHOTOS: GONG YUAN MALA TANG, AH XIN MALA TANG

SINGAPORE - First came the craze for mala hotpot. As that simmered, appetites turned towards mala xiang guo, a spicy, numbing stir-fried medley of vegetables and meats.

Before long, all manner of addictive mala-flavoured snacks - from fiery fish skins to mushrooms to seaweed - started invading supermarket shelves.

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