Can mala help you lose weight? 5 things to know about the fiery dish

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SINGAPORE: It is one in every of the newest meals crazes to hit our island.
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From the hotpot to the stir-fried variations, mala fish pores and skin and even mala hen rice, it appears that evidently Singaporeans can not get sufficient of this flavour.

Over the years, the recognition of mala (“ma” for numbing and “la” for spicy) has grown, with stalls promoting mala xiang guo (stir-fried mala) proliferating in hawker centres and low outlets throughout Singapore.

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And when Talking Point host Steven Chia requested on Instagram what on a regular basis merchandise the programme ought to examine, the prime response was mala.

Here are 5 things to know about what’s in the dish, whether or not it would really be good for you and the way to take care of your burning mouth (and stomach) after consuming it.


While mala incorporates many components (one chef’s sauce had greater than 30 spices and components, together with star anise, cinnamon, fragrant ginger, cloves and fennel), the ones that give it its signature style are Sichuan peppercorns and dried chilli.

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Both are purported to have well being advantages.

Sichuan peppercorns — which give the numbing impact — are dried berries, that are mentioned to enhance the immune system, help cut back physique pains and enhance one’s metabolism, amongst different advantages.

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Dried chilli incorporates minerals like folate, potassium and thiamine, and is an efficient supply of nutritional vitamins A, B and C. Capsaicin, the compound that makes chillies sizzling, is even mentioned to help lead to weight reduction.

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