Challenge Your Taste Buds with Spicy Food From Mala Sze-Chuan Cuisine

by - Thursday, March 28, 2019

Sze-Chuan cuisine has been known to be have strong and extremely spicy flavors. It's the kind of food best enjoyed during the winter, as its spice helps people cope with the cold weather

I know a good number of people who have a high tolerance for spicy food, and most of them find it difficult to get satisfaction from eating spicy food at a normal restaurant. Thankfully, Sze-Chuan cuisine is not new in the Philippines, although I was able to try a newly introduced Sze-Chuan restaurant that is worth sharing.

Mala Sze-Chuan Cuisine is one the newest restaurants from the owners of Jin Joo Korean Restaurant. It is located at the newly constructed Met Live Mall in Pasay City. It's a small place with ambiance that makes a more pleasant dining experience. 

Signature Sze-Chuan Lapu-Lapu (in Sate Sauce) P1,680

Signature Sze-Chuan Lapu-Lapu (in Sate Sauce) P1,680
The first item we ordered was the first item on the menu: the signature Sze-chuan lapu-lapu. There were 4 choices of sauce available, each having their own level of spice. We opted to try the lapu-lapu in sate sauce, which is the least spicy of the four. It was served in a huge, rectangular tray with the fish covered in sauce and vegetables. The price definitely An order is huge that it occupied a big part of our table. 

Sze-Chuan Chicken Pops P480

One dish I found to be a bit tolerable was the Sze-Chuan chicken pops. Now I'm not entirely sure if my tolerance just improved, or Mala just adjusted the spice level for us (which you can request). I enjoyed picking out those crunchy chicken chops from underneath all those chilis and eating them with rice.

Sze-Chuan Spicy Seafood Pot P1,180

The Sze-Chuan Spicy Seafood Pot is a must-have for those who are very much into shellfish! It's a bowl generously filled with spiced up shrimps, mussels, clams, crayfish, and assorted vegetables.

Signature fish fillet with pickled vegetables P880

If you find yourself more adventurous on your visit to Mala, then their signature fish fillet with pickled vegetables is something you should have. It's an unconventional version of sour soup as it is made with pickled vegetables. It wasn't really spicy. It was different, but I did enjoy it.

Signature Fish Fillet in Chili Broth P730
Another soup we were able to try was the signature fish fillet in chili broth. Like the first soup, it was served in a HUGE bowl (which can be shared by around 3 people), but this one has a thicker and spicier broth. 

Deep Fried Shrimp Skewers P680

Everyone loves probably everything in sticks, which we definitely agree with. We ordered the deep fried shrimp skewers mainly because it's picture perfect. Good thing it also tasted great, so we had no regrets at all. It's your favorite shrimps smothered with lots of different spices (as you can notice on the photo).

Cumin Beef P580

If you're having a hard time going through all those plates of spicy food, an order of the cumin beef may just help you recover. It's beef seasoned with cumin and other Chinese herbs, and stir-fried with chopped vegetables.

Fried calamari P480
We've been hearing non-stop about Mala's fried calamari since the moment we sat down and we sure understand why. It's not your typical Chinese fried squid as it tasted like it was sprinkled with barbeque powder, and it worked! We loved it! It is best paired with their special vinegar.

Shrimp Dumpling P380

You may be wondering if Mala offers anything else that isn't spicy. Well, as you may have read from the first dishes, yes, they do, and their shrimp dumpling is one of these dishes. 

Sweet and Sour Prawn P880
Eating the sweet and sour prawns proved to be one messy experience, but it's something we just had to try. It's not the Chinese sweet and sour dish we've all known. 

Spicy Beef P480

The spicy beef was the first dish I got to try at Mala. It didn't look spicy to me. It just looked like one of those meats in a cold cuts platter we order from Chinese restaurants, only that this one was topped with chilis and sesame seeds. Without thinking twice, and without a glass of water ready, I had a bite and started crying and coughing shortly after LOL! But after a good minute, the spice just went away, and I started to get a taste of the beef, and it was delicious! I would glad go over that experience again!

Here are other items I got to take photos of but didn't get to try. I figured it could help you guys see what they look like :) 

Pork Ear in Chili Oil P290
Stir-fried pork intestines

Grilled garlic scallop P680
I don't normally eat or even enjoy spicy food, but Mala Sze-Chuan surprisingly changed all that. 

My Scores:
Pricing - 3/5
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Taste - 4/5

Hungry for more,

Address: G/F Met Live Mall, EDSA corner Macapagal Blvd, Pasay City
Operating Hours: 11am to 3am Daily
Contact: +639179634666 and +632 4039430
Budget: from P600 per person, check their menu here
Parking: Mall Parking (Free)
Instagram: @malaszechuan 
Facebook: @malaszechuan 

(Date of Visit: March 15, 2019)

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