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Mala Tang

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Ballston - Virginia Square, Arlington
  • Jacobo G.
    "Awesome hot pot Szechuan style restaurant in Arlington."(12 Tips)
    Now Owl
    "The mapo tofu is also the best I've had in the area."(2 Tips)
    Kate S.
    "Love the pork buns and cold spicy shredded beef."(6 Tips)
    Emily M.
    "Get the Zhong dumplings!"(2 Tips)
36 Tips and reviews
  • hotpot
  • spicy food
  • good for groups
  • pork buns
  • pork dumplings
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  • Khoa C.
    Khoa ChauMarch 9
    Good and authentic the 'dry' pot is damn good !
  • Catherine T.
    Catherine TorelliApril 7, 2015
    Hot pot is not be missed. Cumin lamb good too
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GómezMarch 20, 2015
    Awesome hot pot Szechuan style restaurant in Arlington. A little bit far from Clarendon metro but well worth the short walk.
  • Margaret P.
    Margaret PorterJanuary 20, 2015
    Very fun to cook it all yourself
  • Laura K.
    Laura KailDecember 5, 2014
    Great place for single portions of hot pot
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshNovember 13, 2014
    A place for Chinese plates
  • Dul D.
    Dul DulkulJune 9, 2014
    Spicy and have a lot of seasoning
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "One of the best parts of living in this current iteration of food obsession is moving past the 'dash-American'...With Mala Tang we learn more Chinese, beyond the Chinese-American beef and broccoli."
  • Eric S.
    Eric SackettDecember 1, 2013
    Great food and fun. Parking is in the building garage.
  • Rajesh
    RajeshSeptember 21, 2013
    Spicy Cold Noodles
  • Shabeeb
    ShabeebAugust 25, 2013
    Surf and turf hotpot..
  • Matt L.
    Matt LundinMay 1, 2013
    Anyone used to authentic Asian food should not eat here.
  • Corey G.
    Corey GibsonMarch 26, 2013
    Cumin chicken is worth the trip.
  • Hanny
    HannyMarch 16, 2013
    Make sure you mix the soup with lots of ingredients :-)
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RacadagFebruary 23, 2013
    You might want to bring someone who knows what they're doing.
  • Charo C.
    Charo Cortez-GrovesJanuary 31, 2013
    Fantastic place for vegetarian and meat eaters perfect hang out with friends and family. Try the enoki mushroom. The sauce bar is amazing selection and all grade of spices.
  • Montaign G.
    Montaign G.January 12, 2013
    Great hot pot spot! This place is off the chizz-ain!
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "Order the hot pot with mala broth and sort through the long ingredient list for a pick-your-own-(slurping)-adventure." - November 2012 Issue
  • Reza Z.
    Reza ZenJune 18, 2012
    You cook your own food like melting pot. Food was fresh but I don't like the idea of cooking my own food at a restaurant.
  • Now Owl
    Now OwlJune 18, 2012
    Braised beef noodles on the lunch menu! For $8, you get a giant bowl of succulent chewy noodles in a flavorful hot pot broth flecked with cilantro. The mapo tofu is also the best I've had in the area.
  • Thomas S.
    Thomas StangaFebruary 20, 2012
    Try Taiwan beer. It's delicious.
  • Chito P.
    Chito PepplerFebruary 20, 2012
    Mapo Tofu is spicy with ground pork
  • David M.
    David MasonJanuary 26, 2012
    Get the enoki mushrooms, water chestnut, and the fishballs. Ohhh yeeaaa
  • oren m.
    oren molovinskyJanuary 16, 2012
    If it's your first time try the Hot Pot Combinations. Once you are comfortable you should order a la carte Hot Pot. But remember...they are big portions! Ask for extra MaLa with your hot pot...
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    What to get: Hot pot with pork, prawns, green-bean leaves, and wood-ear mushrooms; wood-ear mushrooms with chili oil and cilantro; pork dumplings; dan-dan noodles; scallion pancake.
  • Brian T.
    Brian T.December 14, 2011
    The MaPs Tofu is the best i've ever had. Red wine beef is also awesome
  • CS
    CSNovember 21, 2011
    Make a reservation
  • Whitney G.
    Whitney GOctober 28, 2011
    So good! And they have sweet potato noodles or my gluten allergic tummy!!!
  • Kat L.
    Kat LOctober 10, 2011
    Get wine marinated beef. Yum! Ask for extra spicy mala tang. Try lamb next.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LSeptember 3, 2011
    Make a reservation.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BregmanAugust 21, 2011
    Park on p1. 7-11 open now across the street.
  • Natalie E.
    Natalie EAugust 14, 2011
    One hot pot for two people is plenty of food.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SummersJune 12, 2011
    Love the pork buns and cold spicy shredded beef. Wish they had happy hour on the weekends.
  • TJ G.
    TJ GiocondaMay 27, 2011
    Try the tiger beer. Cheapest and fairly good.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MMay 14, 2011
    Get the Zhong dumplings!
  • Casey S.
    Casey SMAugust 7, 2014
    Mung bean noodles
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