Musou Malaxiangguo, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | I was recently invited to check out Musou Malaxiangguo, the new Chinese hot pot joint from the same people who brought Gotcha Fresh Tea, Jiyu Thai Hotpot, and Da Long Yi to Australia.

Located in what was the ground floor level of Da Long Yi (DLY still occupies the first floor), Musou specialises in chao, or stir frying. You can order an assortment of stir fried dishes, including their Ma La Xiang Guo “dry pot” and the more familiar Ma La Tang “hot pot”.

Browsing through the menu, my eyes landed on the “Signature Stir Fry” section of the menu, and I just had to get the spicy soup with stewed duck blood, luncheon meat (aka SPAM), pork intestine, thousand layered tripe, aorta, basa fish fillet, and bean sprout.

The rich, spicy broth is brilliant, and out of all the additions, the thousand layered tripe is my favourite. It has such a wonderful texture, and holds onto the broth so well. The duck blood cubes are a close second.

To the side, a serve of special spicy boneless duck feet really hit the spot. Also tasty (and a good option for the less adventurous out there, but seriously, be adventurous), is the wonderfully wok charry stir fried noodle with seafood.

Servings are generous. The hot pot and duck feet is enough for two hungry people. Lauren and I got a takeaway container for the noodles after having a few bites each and it heated up nicely in the microwave for lunch the next day.

Handily, Gotcha is next door and you’re allowed to grab a bubble tea and bring it in to Musou to enjoy with your meal. Sun-Moon Lake Black Tea with Pearls for me and Aloe Vera Collagen for Lauren if you’re interested.

Musou Malaxiangguo

398 Elizabeth Street
Victoria 3000

Telephone: (03) 9041 8191
E-mail: n/a

Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 3:00pm; 5:30pm to 12:00am

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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