Customisable, spicy hotpot-in-a-bowl by Shanghai’s popular malatang chain
Here to spice things up at Jewel Changi Airport is the popular Shanghainese malatang chain Red Lips. With their addictive, mouth-numbing gravy base and the freshest of ingredients, they deliver personalised, individual hotpot bowls.
The hype: Here to spice things up at Jewel Changi Airport is the popular Shanghainese malatang chain Red Lips. With their addictive, mouth-numbing gravy base and the freshest of ingredients, they deliver personalised, individual hotpot bowls.
The vibe: There’s no better place to be than at Jewel. Located at the nature-themed airport mall’s food basement, Red Lips boasts one of the bigger booths with its own standing tables and glass counter where the premium ingredients are kept. Just check out what looks good and select them.
The food: To order, simply check the boxes of whatever ingredients you please from the menu/order slip, and your selection will be blanched and served with the Secret Spicy Sauce.
Chances are, you’ve had Mala Xiang Guo in this lifetime. The Secret Spicy Sauce ($1) at Red Lips is bearable and enjoyable, measuring just a tad spicier than the lowest level of spiciness at most Mala Xiang Guo eateries. If you’re still worried, add a Creamy Sesame sauce ($0.50) that’ll bring the spice level down a notch; but feel free to add more chilli flakes if you’re a spice fiend like us.
You’ll only find premium ingredients here. For meats, get the Beef Slices ($3.00) served shabu shabu style, and the Beef Tripe ($2.50) which goes great with the spicy gravy.
Load up on scallops ($2.30) and prawns ($2) too; the Lobster Ball with Roe ($1.20) and Seabass Cube ($2.30) should be a hit among seafood enthusiasts.
But unlike regular Mala Xiang Guos, no instant noodles or rice are offered here. Instead, the brand is low-carb friendly, presenting just three types of noodles—all variations of beehoon. Fret not though, plenty of vegetables, mushrooms and even potatoes are still available to satiate your carbo fix.
The drinks: Beverages come in a small but sufficient range to help you do the most important thing, which is to douse the fire in your mouth. Choose the Purple Heart Tea ($2.50) for a refreshing drink with a slightly sweet flavour, or the local favourite Barley Drink ($2.50).
Why you’ll be back: If fresh, spicy and authentic malatang is what you crave, Red Lips might just become your go-to, casual dining spot. And if you're at Jewel, it's a no-brainer to try.