For those keen on drinking the mala soup, do know that drinking hot pot soup is a very local deal. When in Taiwan, we had the opportunity to dine at one of their leading hot pot restaurants, Man Tang Hong 滿堂紅, and spoons were only provided upon request. According to the maître d’ there, Taiwanese diners treat the broth as a dip, and not a soup, so a spoon is not required. The same goes for the mala at Spice World, as it is more of a dip to cook your meats and other fresh food, and not for drinking.
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