Mala Top Hotpot 马辣顶级麻辣鸳鸯火锅 Taipei

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Alright, I am finally back at blogging about my Taiwan trip which was like... at least three months ago? I have really been working hard the past few months. I mean, I have been blogging religiously and with so much fervour recently (which can also imply I have something major to share pretty soon!) but somehow or rather, I just can't seem to my backlogs. I even had to forgo a couple of events because I really just didn't have the time and energy T.T I wonder where my time went. And my energy. And probably my money too. WHERE DID ALL MY THINGS GO?! lolol

Anyway, back to the main focus where I'd be sharing the best hotpot I have had in Taiwan in this blog post, and it is none other than the reputable Mala Top Hotpot 马辣顶级麻辣鸳鸯火锅. Sheryl had been raving about this place occasionally before the trip was confirmed and even more so as soon as our tickets were booked. It was practically one of the first things we have on our itinerary, and like how Sheryl had emphasised to me countless times, this buffet-style hotpot restaurant is a hot favourite amongst Taiwanese and tourists alike. Thus, it is unlikely one can get any seats without enduring one to two hours of wait unless you have made a reservation beforehand or if you are waiting at their entrance, all ready to feast, at a time as early as 11.30 am. Well, that was the option we opted for and already there were quite a number of diners who are happily eating away.



All-you-can-eat hotpot buffet at only NT498, which converts to just about SGD22 only. Tell me where you can find a decent and comfortable hotpot buffet at this price in Singapore. If I were to be truthful, I never liked to go for hotpot buffets of this kind of price level in Singapore because the restaurants are most of the time either really stingy with the food by delaying the refilling of the food, or have selections that are so stale and simply unappetising. I have had so much experiences in exhibiting the kiasu spirit of true blue Singaporean when I saw a dish being refilled only to be disappointed by how bad the food look or taste etc, and other similar stories to share for anohter day. I am just mega glad that Mala Top Hotpot is nowhere near the likes of these local eateries.

If you are curious how different they are, check out the pictures I have here ^.^


First and foremost, queue system for the selection of ingredients
You get to choose your food without being jostled about by the other food-snatchers


See how much we have got here!


Yippie, the staff dropped these collagen cubes off on our table while we were away


Look at the number of different condiments they have here.
I love my own special mix of garlic, sesame oil, spring onions with a tint of vinegar hehe


Unlimited thick and delicious-looking meat slices delivered to your table upon request
No more messed-up and inspected pieces of food means less wastage too!


Free flow of beverages from all-time favourite bottled coke to canned drinks, juices and iced tea
If you prefer something warm, they also have quite an impressive variety of English and Herb Tea


Haagen-Dazs or Movenpick ice-cream for dessert, anyone?
They have all my favourite flavours including tiramisu and salted caramel ^.^


These cakes, puddings and fruits had me completely sold
There is never sufficient stomach space to try all of them!



Mala Top Hotpot 马辣顶级麻辣鸳鸯火锅
2nd Floor, No.62 Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei
(Across the street from Wannien Building, 2nd floor of Holiday KTV)
台北市萬華區(西門町)西寧南路62號2樓
(萬年大樓對面、好樂迪KTV 2樓)

Lunch: 11.30am to 4 pm, 498NT
Dinner: 4pm to 5am, 598NT
Tel: +886 (02) 2314 6528
Make your reservation online here

I can totally understand why Sheryl loves Mala Top Hotpot so much now that I have tried it myself. The food were of quality and super fresh. It was so good that we decided we had to go back on our last day but sadly, the restaurant was packed to the brim. They really didn't have the capacity to accommodate us so we were turned out and that was why we had to go to another just as renowned (but nowhere as good) hotpot restaurant, 天外天精緻火鍋 which I mentioned earlier in this post right here. Oh my, I just can't believe I didn't come across Mala Top Hotpot before in all the blogs and travel guides I visited while planning my first Taiwan itinerary back in 2013. What was I doing?!

Do take note though, that the price is subjected to a service charge of 10%, which is totally worth it because the service staff were all unimaginably polite, motivated and enthusiastic. Also, there is a 2-hour limit so that others in the queue get to have a taste of Mala's goodness too. I have no idea why I really want to mention this last point but, corkage is free so remember to bring your own booze if you're looking forward to a hotpot party at Mala =x



Read 5 Days in Taiwan: Part I here,
Yvette

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