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Alternative names 麻辣烫
Pinyin Malatang
Type Spicy
Course Main course/Street Food
Place of origin China
Region or state Leshan 四川省乐山市
Other Cooking time: 10-20 minutes


Malatang (simplified Chinese: 麻辣烫; traditional Chinese: 麻辣燙; pinyin: málàtàng; english: "spicy hot pot"), a common type of Chinese street food that is especially popular in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou. It originated in Leshan City, Sichuan Prov, but it differs mainly from the Sichuanese version in that the Sichuanese version is more similar to what in northern China would be described as hot pot.[1]

Malatang introduce

The name "Ma-La-Tang" means that a lot of pepper and chili powder had to be added to make the dish hot and spicy. From The Chinese Regional Cuisine Series, Szechuan Cooking.

Chong Qing Hot Pot is also improved by the advantages of Malatang. It is the most characteristic and representative of food in the Sichuan-Chongqing region.


Malatang originated on the bank of the Yangtze River. In ancient times, boating was a big industry and many people made a living by towing boats. Working under the damp and foggy weather made boat trackers feel very sick. And when they were hungry, they cooked herbs in a pot and put Sichuan pepper and ginger into the soup to eliminate dampness. Malatang was created, then vendors discovered the business opportunity, and spread it throughout China.

Malatang Origin

Unlike hot pot, which is made to order and shared only by diners at a table, malatang originates from street food cooked in a communal pot. Diners can quickly choose what they wish to eat, and either eat on the spot or take away.



Malatang Recipe

Fish, meat, soy products, sauerkraut, vegetarian food, peeing beef balls, spicy hot noodles, cabbage, kelp etc.


Dice the tofu. Cut beef into small cubes. Chop garlic. Crush the Chili Nam Yuey cubes and mix with ground pepper. Cook diced tofu in boiling water for a while. Remove and drain well. Heat oil in a wok till hot. Stir fry spring onion and garlic for a few seconds. Add the diced beef. Stir fry till half done. Add diced tofu, Chili Nam Yuey, salt and pepper. Mix well. Bring to a boil. Add chopped garlic and cornstarch paste. Serve. [2]

As far as ingredient go for Malatang, pretty much anything that’s in play for Hot Pot is in play for Malatang. For meats, you can pick from pork, beef, chicken, lamb, fish, and squid. The fancy Malatang places may have thinly sliced meats that will cook very nicely in the broth, just like hot pot. You can also get meat balls of any kind as well as meat dumplings that get boiled. A popular meat addition is small sausages/hot dogs.

Development Trends

In recent years, with the 80s and 90s entering the workplace, the working group has been expanding, and the market demand for dining out and working meals has increased, which has brought new development opportunities to the fast food industry. Malatang is based on “fast, delicious and cheap”. Features attract a large number of consumers.

Malatang Styles

Malatang Styles

Malatang currently offers 5 ways to eat: Skewer-style of Malatang, By weight style of Malatang, bowl style of Malatang, Casserole style of Malatang, Hot Pot style of Malatang, like a bowl of spicy, casserole Malatang is for one person now , Skewer Malatang is Ready-to-eat food, hot pot Malatang is a multiperson party, usually it's for two or more people to eat.


Malatang is the perfect hot pot option if you want the freedom to pick your own broth and ingredients like hot pot without having to eat an entire pot yourself. It is individualized hot pot and is perfect for cold weather. Just like a do-it-yourself salad, you can customize everything about malatang down to the seasonings, spiciness level and ingredients.

Malatang Advantage

The ingredients you pick are cooked in a large vat of boiling broth in separate baskets. Each ingredient is cooked a different amount of time to be perfect. They are all combined into a bowl with broth and whatever toppings you’d like. Every ingredient has its own price ranging from 1–5 RMB (usually) and the price of the dish is up to how much you want in it.


Compared with traditional hot pot, the ingredients need shorter cooking time. Also the cooking processing is a little bit different. Meat ingredients such as chicken or lamb are not commonly used in malatang. The broths of Malatang generally are heavier than hot pot and no dipping sauce needed for cooked ingredients Malatang.


Malatang is estimated to be 68.47 kcal per 100 grams of calories. The high calorie level of Malatang depends mainly on the raw materials. If there are many vegetables, the calories are not very high.


First, we must control the total amount and quality. Second, don't drink soup. Third, don't eat too late. Finally, it is best to drink a glass of honey after eating.

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