Fat Bird offers ma la xiang guo buffet at Bedok
With long queues still spotted at ma la xiang guo stalls all over our little red dot, it’s safe to say that the ma la trend isn’t ending anytime soon. Offering ma la fans an indulgent option is Fat Bird and its ma la xiang guo buffet at Bedok. Available daily at only the Bedok outlet, from 12pm to 4pm and 9pm to 11:15pm, this 90-minute feast goes at $14.80++ every Monday to Thursday and $17.80++ every Friday to Sunday, on the eve of public holidays, and public holidays.
Seven types of sauce bases and 36 ingredients are available for the buffet. You can order as many pots as you’d like and pick the sides you want in each pot. The restaurant will fry everything together before serving the pot to your table.
Food at Fat Bird
First up, we got the Spicy & Fragrant Chicken pot in zhong la (medium level of spiciness). In addition to typical ma la ingredients such as lotus root, potato, and enoki mushroom, we also added thick vermicelli and a portion of handmade noodles to our pot.
As the sauce settled at the bottom of the pot, we gave everything a good mix before digging in. I slurped up the thick vermicelli first and fell in love. Like a sponge, it soaked up the spicy sauce and easily became the most addictive ingredient.
What I liked about this zhong la sauce is that it is not spicy enough to make you sweat buckets, but has just the right amount of heat and numbing effect to make this a legit ma la session.
I was excited to try their handmade noodles, which was laced in fiery-looking oil. However, the noodles ended up oddly dry and clumpy. I wouldn’t recommend having the noodles with this sauce.
Ma la frog is something I’ve never seen, so my interest was immediately piqued. For our Bullfrog pot, we got some crowd-favourites such as beancurd skin and oyster mushroom.
Left soaking in the spicy sauce, the frog meat was nicely flavoured and cooked to a QQ texture. For those who have never tried frog meat before, it is like a sweeter and more tender version of chicken.
For this pot, you can choose to have it spicy or non-spicy. No matter which you pick, be sure to get some udon too as the noodles played the best supporting role in this bowl of goodness. They were easy to slurp up and were thoroughly coated in the tantalising gravy.
Remember to order fried mantou as well, as these buns are great for dipping into the thick sauces!
Lastly, we ended our meal with a pot of Herbal Chicken in Chestnut Soup. This nourishing soup brought a waft of herbal fragrance to our table as it was served.
The soup came with half a chicken, which tore away easily from its bones. The broth was thick and sweet, just like the kind my grandma would make at home.
The buffet also comes with free-flow iced tea and white rice, which acted as lifelines for my burning tongue during the meal.
Ambience at Fat Bird
Fat Bird is located at Heartbeat@Bedok, which is about 10 minutes away from Bedok MRT Station by foot. We visited during lunchtime and were surprised to see that only three tables were occupied. A friendly staff member patiently explained how the buffet works, and was more than willing to help us out when we asked. Bright and spacious, this is a relaxing place for ma la fans to enjoy the fiery dish at.
I left Fat Bird with a satisfied tummy. I’d definitely bring my family back here for a feast! Considering how I sometimes pay close to $10 for ma la at a kopitiam, this is a truly value-for-money buffet. Ma la lovers, jio your kakis ASAP and come to the East for this!
Address: 11 Bedok North Street 1, #01-24, Heartbeat @ Bedok, Singapore 469662
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 12am
Buffet hours: Daily 12pm to 4pm, 9pm to 11:15pm
Buffet prices: Mon to Thur $14.80++ for adults, $9.90++ for children, Fri-Sun, eve of & PH $17.90++ for adults, $9.90++ for children.
Tel: 6284 0473
Fat Bird is not a halal restaurant.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg.