Feel the burn with this one, in a good way. As with most Mala dishes, the numbing spices really creep on you with every bite. Take your time to go through a pack – while it's highly addictive, it can cause some pain if you wolf it down too fast!
TRY Ooh Lala Mala chips available at various pop-up shops or www.ooh.sg, from $5
If you're torn between choosing the salted egg yolk snack or the spicy Mala chips, you can actually have the best of both worlds with Crusty's Mala-flavoured salted egg crispy fish skin. Obviously it's going to be indulgent and super rich from the first bite, overwhelming even with the layers of sweet, savoury and spicy coming together all at once. Generous with the spices and seasoning, it's worth the $7 price tag.
TRY Crusty's Mala Salted Egg Fish Skin available at various supermarkets, from $7.90
You probably know them for its roast duck with crispy skin but the restaurant chain has now ventured into snacks. For the spice lovers, the extra crispy and deliciously-spiced Sichuan Mala fish skin chips should be an essential addition to the snack pantry.
TRY London Fat Duck Sichuan Mala Fish Skin available from Redmart, from $8
Even all the way in Thailand, the Mala fever has caught on. The famous Koh Kae brand is everyone's go-to when it comes to flavoured peanuts but the recently introduced Mala peanuts will definitely be a hit with anyone who appreciates the numbing and fiery mix of chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorns, clove, garlic, star anise, black cardamom, fennel, ginger and more.
TRY Koh Kae Mala Hot Pot peanuts available at various supermarkets, from $3
We know how addictive Mala is so the influx of spicy snacks this year is only good news for us. The King of Melon Seeds are known for their huge selection of snacks in a variety of flavours. Our favourite? The Mala Snack Mix of broad beans, peanuts and spicy noodles that's salty, easy to binge on and hot and numbing – just like how we like our Mala.
TRY King of Melon Seeds Mala Hot Pot Snack Mix available at kingofmelonseeds.com.sg, $12