There’s a Mala Burger in Bishan for Mala Fans

I don’t know about you, but I’m a true-blue Bishan kia and have never spent a moment of my life living elsewhere but in Bishan.

Interspersed between lunch, seminar and tutorial breaks, I had spent the entirety of my leisurely time in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) defending the sanctity of Bishan’s hallowed grounds from zealots of the Western region.

Trust me, it was bloody as hell and had claimed a friendship or two.

Yet for all its centrality, close proximity to uber-Instagrammable locations like the TreeTop Walk at MacRitchie, and the Silk Road of high-SES cafes along Thomson Road, it was sorely lacking in one thing.

An honest-to-goodness, sweat-inducing, eye-popping and visual feast of a Mala Burger.

Image: Grub’s website

Introducing the Mala Burger

But wait no longer my friends. In the ultimate draw-dragon-dot-eye move for Bishan, Grub has in true-blue Christmas spirit giveth to us what the world know not, but actually need: Grub’s very own Mala Burger.

Combining the instantly recognizable Western form of the burger and the complex notes of the Szechuan cuisine, Grub has doubled-down this Christmas with the introduction of their Mala Burger with an option of a Mala Combo with BEER.


Just imagine the boldness of this text as satisfying beer froth overflowing with barley-goodness.

Forget the dreary and cold winter wonderland of a White Christmas, a pallid-looking snowman or frosty snowflakes; what you need is Colour in your lives and this Christmas season Red is the new black, or white.

What is the Mala Burger?

Housed snugly between two red beetroot buns, you will find a hearty portion of sliced pork sauteed with fiery Szechuan peppercorns and aromatic chilly oil.

If pork is your thing, you’ll be glad to know that crispy luncheon meat is thrown into the mix to ensure you are reminded that this a fully-fledged burger of oink origins.

If girls like hunky slabs of meat, boys too will find that there is ample cai as the burger comes with root slices, with a serving of tomatoes and cucumber feta on the side (yes, some of you guys like cai on the side too right).

Image: Grub Burger Bistro Facebook Page

Now imagine all these mixed in with the United Nations of sauces; a specially-concocted mala mayo sauce.

Now we are truly set for a unique and red-hot Christmas feast.

Can I Grab to Grub?

Yes yes, you may Grab to Grub or even Go-Jek to Grub.


But I’ll save you the moolah so that you can buy yourself one more beer or coffee to wash down the burger fit for a village.

Lest my northern-Balestier cousins feel left out, you can check out Grubs’s website for details on how to save money and travel light pocket-wise to either of Grub’s Bishan or Balestier outlets.

I don’t know about you but I’ll defend Bishan’s pride with mala-gungho like how Defence Minster Ng Eng Hen, whom incidentally is a Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, defends our Singapore coastline.

Image: anek.soowannaphoom /

“mo shui” means inky, unclear water too.

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