Currently the new happening street food in Pluit – Muara Karang area, North Jakarta, Mala House serving Sichuan cuisine, Mala Xiang Guo and Mala Tang.
Sharing the same area with Wargok Martabak Bruno, Mala House is located just across Dunkin Donut Muara Karang near Meiji, the street food stall opens only at night from 18.30 to midnight.
AnakJajan recently decided to have a dinner at Mala House, we arrived at 7PM and the stall was already packed and full of customers, it took us a while to get the seat, judging from the hype, I can sense that in no time there will be more mala stalls popping up just like the Indomie and Sate Taichan trend in Muara Karang.
Basically there are only 2 dishes available here, Mala Xiang Guo or stir fried mala (dry) and Mala Tang or mala soup.
The ordering process is pretty similar with Yong Tau Foo ordering process in Singapore where all of the ingredients are displayed and customers can simply pick/ choose which ingredients they want, then bring it to the cashier to pay, after paying, they will directly cook your choice of ingredients.
Talking about the ingredients, there are tons of options such as enoki mushroom, fish ball, crabstick, enoki mushroom, pokchoi, broccoli, sausage, noodle, rice noodle, etc with price ranging around IDR 5k to IDR 15k per ingredient.
Me and Mr. Jajan went crazy (kalap!) and took a lot of ingredients, we spent IDR 163k in total for 19 ingredients for both Mala Xiang Guo and Mala Tang.
Deep Fried Tofu IDR 5k
Mushroom/ Beef Ball/ Fried Fish Ball IDR 7k
Crabstick/ Fish Roll or Chikuwa/ Tofu Skin/ Spicy Fish Cake IDR 8k
Lapciong or Chinese Pork Sausage, Maling or Spam IDR 10k
Beef/ Pork Belly IDR 15k
For Mala Xiang Guo, all of the ingredients were stir fried with the mala sauce, it was savory and very enjoyable with medium level of spiciness from the mala peppercorn instead of chili so it wasn’t as spicy as I expected, in each bite you will get the numbing spicy sensation from the Sichuanese mala peppercorn and then kicked with aroma of spices afterwards.
While for Mala Tang, the soup was very oily, it didn’t taste as strong as the dry one but still in the enjoyable level, savory with just the right amount of spices aroma. It gets addictive the more you eat, it’s just too oily for my liking ( 1/3 from the soup was oil) but I guess that’s how it’s supposed to be.
The Sichuan dish is considered to be pretty common in other countries for example Singapore, but it’s still pretty rare to find in Jakarta especially with street food concept, perhaps that’s why the new comer Mala House can attract many people in an instant with the unique concept. As for the cleanliness and comfort, I cannot complain much since it’s street food but nevertheless it’s a great concept and the food tasted nice. Let’s Jajan!
Muara Karang Raya Blok D7 Utara, North Jakarta
Opening Hours: 18.30 – 00.00
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