Turn the heat up with dishes from these four stalls. They are sure to make your lips burn but in a delicious way.

Kin Kin Pan Mee

534 MacPherson Road. Tel: 6743 1372

People start streaming into Kin Kin Pan Mee before 12pm so come early to avoid queuing. The highlight is traditional KL pan mee (dry/soup $5) served without any chilli. You need to look for a tub of ‘black gold’ on your table. We recommend ordering dry noodles to get the full experience of their homemade roasted chilli flakes. Each bowl comes generously with signature flat noodles, a smooth poached egg, meatballs, minced meat and a heaping of ikan bilis.

Heat rating: 3/5


Wei Yi Laksa

Tanglin Halt Market, 48A Tanglin Halt Road. Tel: 9782 1012

Located at popular Tanglin Halt Market, Wei Yi stands out for its laksa bowls with six to choose from, priced between $3-$7. The laksa is sweet from the coconut milk but the spicy broth and special chilli paste leave a lingering fiery burn at the back of your throat. Kudos to the mix of ingredients: you get a generous amount of fresh prawns, cockles, boiled chicken and fried tau pok soaked in the extremely fragrant spicy soup.

Heat rating: 3/5


Top 1 Handmade Noodles

#04-44 Beauty World Centre, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road. Tel: 8448 8450

If you have heard of Top 1 Handmade Noodles, you’d know their infamous mala mee ($3.50) comes with two choices of noodles; you mian or ban mian. Spice heads have been heading here since 1989. The soup is slightly on the thicker side with a peppery hit of homemade chilli sauce from the first bite. We liked the generous helping of noodles alongside meatballs, minced meats as well as pan-fried ikan billis which gives a good crunchy factor.

Heat rating: 3.5/5

又麻又辣麻辣香 (Mala Hot Pot)

S-11 Food House, 51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3.

Devoted mala hot pot fans will be delighted to hear about this You Ma You La mala hotpot which opens daily till 11pm. There is a wide variety of ingredients to choose from and prices are relatively lower compared to Ri Ri Xiang Guo at Chinatown. We opted for cabbage, beancurd, beancurd skin, Korean rice cakes, two types of noodles, chicken meat, pork meat, two types of mushrooms, pigs’ intestines and eggplant for $13.90 (for two). The name—numb and spicy—is dead right. The first bite gives you a small kick but the heat starts building up at the back of your throat. With more bites, the intensity builds up to the point when your tongue feels numb.

Heat rating: 4.5/5