Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flushing: Mala Xiang Guo (Spicy Stir-fry Pot)

There's a new shopping center called New World Mall that opened in Flushing just last year.  And its amazing.  Located on Roosevelt Ave right next to the 7 train, New World Mall is comprised of a full Asian supermarket, two floors of shops, a gorgeous restaurant on the top floor, parking garage, and an awesome food court in the basement.  Just like the ones you see in Taiwan!! 

I'm sure I'll be posting about my various trips to eat there, but in this post I'll be taking you through my experience at the Mala Xiang Guo station. 

Mala Xiang Guo station at the New World Mall food court
Located in one of the the corners of the food court (when you come down the escalators, keep going straight and it'll be in the corner on your left at the end), This definitely offers a unique experience that I've never had in the city.

In the simplest terms, Mala Xiang Guo is a spicy and fragrant stir-fry pot.  Its almost like a dry hot pot with only one flavor choice - spicy fragrant.  Not really getting what exactly this is?  Easier for me to show you!

When you come up to the station, you'll notice a large variety of raw veggies.

All your choices to include in your pot!
When it's your turn at the counter, you can go ahead and pick what you want to go into your pot.  If they put in too much or not enough of what you want, feel free to ask for more or for them to take some out.  They'll put your selections into these big stainless steel bowls with the veggies in one bowl and the meat and seafood in another.  My favorites to get are the enoki mushrooms, beef, tofu skin, rice cakes, and strips of these large white mushrooms that I don't know the name of.

Making our selections and filling our stainless steel bowls
After you've made all your picks, your bowls will be weighed and you pay by the pound.  The veggies are one price per pound and the seafood and meats another price per pound. 

Weighing our completed bowls
As you pay, you'll make your flavor selection - as I noted above, there is only one flavor and the only choice you get is small, medium or large heat.  This is in terms of spiciness level.  Let me tell you, I can handle spicy but this place is serious!  Stick with small and you'll be ok unless you're looking for a challenge...

The kitchen will take your picks and stir fry it up with chili's, ginger, cilantro, and other spices for an incredibly fragrant and flavorful meal.  It comes served in a large stainless steal bowl and sides of white rice (which you'll need given its spiciness!). 

Finished stir-fry pot!  Served with sides of white rice
Close-up of the finished product
This dish can be shared family style (no shame in picking out of the bowl with your chopsticks - that's how its done!) and is actually pretty economical.  This big bowl above I shared with one eating compadre and the total was $18.  We were stuffed beyond belief!!  I highly recommend giving this gem a try - it'll be an unforgettable experience!

Piggy says Yes!

Thanks for reading - Piggy KK


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