Singapore has got chip-frenzy over the past couple of months with the different local flavoured chips. Ooh, a homegrown Mala chips brand has recently repackaged their Mala Potato Chips and Mala Cassava Chips in conjunction with their new store opening at Plaza Singapura.
What’s Ma La (麻辣)?
Ma(麻) means numbing and La(辣) means spicy in mandarin. And Mala is actually this popular Chinese spicy sauce which is primarily made of Sichuan peppercorns, chilli powder, dried chilli pepper, garlic, ginger, fennel, salt and other spices. The ingredient list can get really long with this spicy hot paste which has been adapted in many dishes. Now, you can have a taste of this Chinese spicy hot sauce in the form of chips!
The numbering effect is caused by this substance called hydroxy alpha sanshool which is found present in Sichuan peppercorns.
It’s my first time trying Mala chips. As a spicy lover, these chips are indeed spicy. The numbing effect only kicks in after on your 5th or 6th chip. It’s quite an experience, I must say.
Ooh Mala Cassava Chips
Each packet of chips weighs 115grams and the chips are packed in resealable bags.
I emptied out the chips into a soup bowl to see how much chips are packed in it. Portion-wise, it is just nice. There’s quite a lot of chips in one bag. You wouldn’t want to have too much of these chips in a bag either; unless you can take the burning heat. 辣!
There are also dried chilli crisp for the daredevils who would wish to test their spicy limit. Personally, I cannot finish this bag of chips on my own and I have to eat them in small batches. 辣!
Ooh Mala Potato Chips
Taste-wise, these Mala potato chips is a clear winner. It is more airy and crispy as compared to the cassava chips. However, nutritionally-speaking, cassava chips are healthier than potato chips as cassava chips contain a lower fat content. Do you choose health over taste or taste over health? You decide.
Is anyone ready for a Mala challenge?
Ooh 麻辣 @ Plaza Singapura, Level 6
68 Orchard Rd
Opening hours: 11 am to 9 pm daily