A Hot Dinners exclusive
Every now and then, plans for a restaurant in London catch our eye. The latest is for a space on Shaftesbury Avenue that should be for one of China's big chain restaurants (there are over 5000 of them), Zhang Liang Mala Tang.
It will be a serve yourself Sichuan restaurant, with mala tang soup as the base.
Just browse and select the ingredients which, overseas, range from options like crab legs, fish balls and seafood sausages through to vegetables or noodles. You then bring it to the counter to choose the soup. Options vary everywhere, but they have included the original mala beef soup (the spiciest), chicken and tomato - and they'll cook it all up for you while you grab a stool and wait. When ready, add your final touch from the condiments section - onions or chilli oil - and you're done.
it's very popular overseas, so we'll keep an eye out to see what they have planned here.
More about Zhang Liang Mala Tang
Where is it? 112 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5EJ
When does it open? TBC 2021/22
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