MXG Classic At Circular Road
At this point, mala is synonymous as a social activity, where friends bond over their spice tolerance. MXG Classics at Circular Road takes that up a notch by bringing our regular mala xiang guo to a restaurant setting. What makes them unique is their five different pot bases namely: Original, Signature Black Pepper, Twilight, Stir Fry, and Special (sweet and spicy mix).
The owner explained to us that the flavours here are tailored to suit the taste buds of locals. I do find that to be a rather strange consideration since mala flavours are already working well with the locals. Nonetheless, I was excited to find out what that entails for his dishes.
Food at MXG Classics
We got a lunch set deal at $15, and we got to pick 500g of your typical range of processed food, meats, vegetables, and carbs along with one of their five bases. We went with their MXG Twilight base, which is inspired by moonlight hor fun, known for having a silky texture from the egg yolk.
One egg yolk for this hefty 500g bowl of ingredients felt more tokenistic than functional. The addition was underwhelming as it wasn’t noticeable that any yolk was mixed in at all.
Instead of striking a balance of numbness and spice, I would say the mala leaned towards numbness rather than spiciness. The owner explained that the spices are grounded in a powder form for the flavours to be less jarring to the tastebuds. That definitely removed the risk of directly crunching down on peppercorns, which would have left me heaving for air.
I particularly liked their seafood selection and I