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A Chinese malatang hotpot
Photograph: Matt Chen

Customise your meal at this make-you-own-hotpot venue

Poke bowls may have been the dish of summer, but there's a new interactive dining experience designed for the cool weather: make-your-own-hotpots. Malabang is the latest addition to the World Square dining precinct, reworking Chinese malatang hot and spicy soup with the spirit of a salad bar. 

You grab a bowl and load up on noodles, meat, prawns, mussels, raw veggies and aromatics. Your bowl is then weighed, you pay, and then your ingredients are cooked up in a broth made from 16 herbs and spices that takes six hours to prepare.

You can ratchet up the heat with Sichuan pepper, give it a savoury burst with sesame oil, or even use house made peanut butter to rich up the soup and dress your meat and vegetables. It's the ultimate customisable winter warmer.


Venue name: Malabang
Address: 9.05/644
World Square
George St
Opening hours: Daily 11am-8.30pm
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