The much loved staple of Chinatown, Mala Sichuan Bistro, has opened a second location in Montrose. Owner Cory Xiong strived to develop a Chinese restaurant in Houston that would set her apart from the rest, and with rave reviews the newly opened Montrose location offers many of the bistro’s signature dishes alongside new Sichuan-style bites.
In the slightly more modern, upscale take on the original, mainstays like Dan Dan noodles, Pot Roasted Prawns and the Funky Stick Chicken are still on the menu, though even Mala regulars have an adventure to look forward to with new offerings lining the menu.
Mala is the tingling sensation associated with the heat from eating Sichuan peppercorns, and the food definitely reflects its name. Xiong’s father travels to China to select the source of the peppercorns himself. They are devoted to providing quality ingredients to their customers, even if it means their prices may be a tad bit higher than other Chinatown restaurants.