“What to eat?” is no doubt one of the hardest questions in the world. Here’s a tip: Let your keyboard decide your meal. Type in “I want to eat…” and the food that pops up in your suggestion would be your meal. Our keyboard screams mala hotpot today, so here are 6 best mala hotpot in Georgetown worth a feast!
6 Best Mala Hotpot in Georgetown Worth Making a Trip: #1 Xiao Long Kan Photo: @bryanxg731 (Instagram)
There has been a rise of hotpot culture lately in Penang. Xiao Long Kan, a famous hotpot chain from Chengdu, China entered Malaysia two years ago and has since been a hit. Using only the best quality of herbs and spices imported from Chengdu, Xiao Long Kan promises customers the best experience. Their signature Szechuan Mala Hotpot is to die for, and the best part is, you can adjust the level of spiciness to your liking, super addictive.
Photo: @xiaolongkanmy (Instagram)Photo: @xiaolongkanmy (Instagram)
Address: Sunrise Tower, 190 – 192, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)
#2 Hai Di Lao Photo: @foodie_feeder (Instagram)
The fame of this hotpot chain is pretty self-explanatory. Originated from Sichuan, China, the brand is now the largest hotpot chain in China, and has outlets across the world. Known for their top-notch customer service, we are fond of their soup base, particularly their signature Sichuan Spicy Hot Pot. Using Sichuan pepper and raw spices with traditional fermented watercress, the aroma and flavors explode in the mouth. Best paired with meats, especially beef, Hai Di Lao is simply one of the best Mala hotpot in Georgetown.
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Address: Gurney Paragon, 163D-L4-13 & 13A, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Daily)
#3 Manchu Bar Photo: Manchu Bar (Facebook)
A Manchurian-themed speakeasy bar, travel back in time to the Qing dynasty when you step inside Manchu bar. Heavily decorated with Chinese elements, some might be surprised by the fact that they now serve hot food. Offering both Western and a range of Mala goodness, it is literally East Meets West. If you’re a fan of Mala, don’t miss out on their unique take on Mala dishes, like Mala Seafood Risotto and Mala Aglio Olio.
Photo: Manchu Bar (Facebook)Photo: Manchu Bar (Facebook)
Address: 38 & 40, Jalan Pintal Tali, 10100 Georgetown, Penang.
Operating Hour: 4 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)
#4 Gia Xiang Steamboat Restaurant Photo: @liquidkotus (Instagram)
If you’re looking for a failproof Mala hotpot in Georgetown, don’t look away. Nestled along Jalan Krian, Gia Xiang Steamboat Restaurant serves some of the best steamboat in general. We genuinely love their Mala drypot, plus they have quite a number of protein options. It can get quite spicy for some, so if you’re a first-timer, don’t get too excited. Pair your drypot with their huge selection of side dishes, overall Gia Xiang screams quality.
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Address: 6, Jalan Krian, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 2:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. (Daily)
#5 Hong Xing No.1 Dim Sum Restaurant Photo: Hong Xing No.1 Dim Sum Restaurant
Hong Xing No.1 Dim Sum Restaurant is a fairly new venture tucked in Precinct 10. Serving above-average dim sum, they’ve recently ventured into Mala Grilled Fish, a Chong Qing dish that’s a rare find in Penang. To include “No.1” in their branding speaks a lot, and their Mala Grilled Fish didn’t disappoint. Spicy, and addictive, the flavors and freshness are well retained in the fish. An uncommon find on the island, savor this Chong Qing famous dish at Hong Xing.
Photo: Hong Xing No.1 Dim Sum RestaurantPhoto: Hong Xing No.1 Dim Sum Restaurant
Address: 10-A-07 & 10-A-08, Precinct, 10, Jalan Tanjung Tokong Lama, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hour:(Dim Sum)8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Grilled Fish & Beer House) 6 p.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)
#6 Yang Jia Restaurant Photo: @sawleng87 (Instagram)
Yang Jia North East Chinese Cuisine is one of the few Chinese restaurants in Penang serving North East Chinese Cuisine. Located along Jalan Zainal Abidin, they serve an array of Authentic Sze Chuan cuisine. If you love all things spicy, you’ll love Yang Jia. Their Mala Sze Chuan dishes are heavy in terms of flavors, but definitely satisfying for those who are heavier on the palate.
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