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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Sizzling broth, spicy secrets, endless choices. Dive into the fiery fun of Malatang! ️


Units Scale

Soup Base

  • 700 ml mushroom stock
  • 200 ml milk (optional, for less spicy drinkable broth)
  • 2 tsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup doubanjiang spicy bean paste
  • 1 tbsp fermented black beans
  • 2 ginger slices
  • 6 stems cilantro, cut in large sections
  • 6 stalks spring onions, cut in large sections
  • 10 whole shallots, cut in half
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • salt, to taste


Pick Your Adventure

  • Meats (pick and choose): Pre-cooked beef tendons, thinly sliced pork belly, beef ribs, chicken, fish balls, etc.
  • Seafood (optional): Shrimp, mussels, squid, oysters, etc.
  • Tofu & Veggies: Tofu puffs, tofu skin, shiitake mushrooms, button mushrooms, baby corn, bok choy, napa cabbage, spinach, etc.
  • Extras: Quail eggs, fish tofu, frozen dumplings, noodles (ramen, rice noodles, etc.)


  1. Start by soaking star anise, cinnamon, bay leaf, fennel seeds, cloves, and dried tangerine peel in 1 cup of water.
  2. In a pot add 3 cups of water, bring it to a boil then add the dried chilies, cook in the rolling boiling water for 2 minutes, drain, then chop finely.
  3. Heat beef tallow in a deep large wok over medium heat then sauté garlic, spring onions, cilantro, and shallots until fragrant. Remove the aromatics using a skimmer or strainer then discard.
  4. In the same wok with melted tallow, put heat on low then fry doubanjiang until the oil turns red roughly around 2 minutes.
  5. Add chopped chilies and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add pre-soaked spices on first step together with Sichuan peppercorns, sesame seeds, sugar, salt, and soy sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes
  7. Pour mushroom stock, let it boil then bring to a simmer.
  8. Choose your “Pick Your Adventure” ingredients and add them to the broth based on cooking time.
  9. Cook until done.
  10. Add milk for the last 2 minutes (optional).
  11. Transfer cooked ingredients to a bowl, garnish with spring onions, and serve.