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Mala Tang

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Ballston - Virginia Square, Arlington
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  • 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)
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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Charo C.
    Charo Cortez-GrovesJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Kate S.
    Kate SummersJune 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the pork buns and cold spicy shredded beef. Wish they had happy hour on the weekends.
  • Brian T.
    Brian T.December 14, 2011
    The MaPs Tofu is the best i've ever had. Red wine beef is also awesome
  • Laura K.
    Laura KailDecember 5, 2014
    Great place for single portions of hot pot
  • Montaign G.
    Montaign G.January 12, 2013
    Great hot pot spot! This place is off the chizz-ain!
  • David M.
    David MasonJanuary 26, 2012
    Get the enoki mushrooms, water chestnut, and the fishballs. Ohhh yeeaaa
  • Kat L.
    Kat LOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get wine marinated beef. Yum! Ask for extra spicy mala tang. Try lamb next.
  • Hanny
    HannyMarch 16, 2013
    Make sure you mix the soup with lots of ingredients :-)
  • Catherine T.
    Catherine TorelliApril 7, 2015
    Hot pot is not be missed. Cumin lamb good too
  • Whitney G.
    Whitney GOctober 28, 2011
    So good! And they have sweet potato noodles or my gluten allergic tummy!!!
  • Khoa C.
    Khoa ChauMarch 9
    Good and authentic the 'dry' pot is damn good !
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RacadagFebruary 23, 2013
    You might want to bring someone who knows what they're doing.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SackettDecember 1, 2013
    Great food and fun. Parking is in the building garage.
  • Chito P.
    Chito PepplerFebruary 20, 2012
    Mapo Tofu is spicy with ground pork
  • Corey G.
    Corey GibsonMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cumin chicken is worth the trip.
  • 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.
  • Margaret P.
    Margaret PorterJanuary 20, 2015
    Very fun to cook it all yourself
  • TJ G.
    TJ GiocondaMay 27, 2011
    Try the tiger beer. Cheapest and fairly good.
  • Dul D.
    Dul DulkulJune 9, 2014
    Spicy and have a lot of seasoning
  • Natalie E.
    Natalie EAugust 14, 2011
    One hot pot for two people is plenty of food.
  • Thomas S.
    Thomas StangaFebruary 20, 2012
    Try Taiwan beer. It's delicious.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BregmanAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Park on p1. 7-11 open now across the street.
  • Rajesh
    RajeshSeptember 21, 2013
    Spicy Cold Noodles
  • Shabeeb
    ShabeebAugust 25, 2013
    Surf and turf hotpot..
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshNovember 13, 2014
    A place for Chinese plates
  • Kat L.
    Kat LSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Make a reservation.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MMay 14, 2011
    Get the Zhong dumplings!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LundinMay 1, 2013
    Anyone used to authentic Asian food should not eat here.
  • CS
    CSNovember 21, 2011
    Make a reservation
  • Casey S.
    Casey SMAugust 7, 2014
    Mung bean noodles
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