Restaurant Review

New steamboat chain Spice World has a mala hotpot with a bear in it

Spice World has a mala hotpot that starts with a teddy, made from butter and spicy oil, which melts when the heat is turned on and hot broth is added

Spice World, the latest hotpot chain from China to open here, has some bizarre offerings. It is one of the first - if not the first - to introduce to Singapore something that is apparently a thing among Chinese hotpot restaurants.

The Premium Barbie Wagyu Beef ($38.90) is a doll in a meat dress, with thin slices of beef draped over it so that they form a gown. As you cook the meat in the hotpot, you start to undress the doll until it is bare. If that bothers you, leave some slices behind to protect its modesty.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'There's a bear in my soup'. Print Edition | Subscribe