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Sichuanese cuisine is known for its signature mix of má (numbing, or mild) and là (spicy). Together, those add up to the name of MáLà Project, a restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, known for its “dry pot” dish, its signature secret sauce nailing the unique flavor combination. Dry pot is no ancient recipe; it emerged in China in the 1990’s. So, MáLà’s branding by Jingqi Fan harkens back to that decade via a nostalgic color scheme and graphics, which integrate Chinese calligraphy to ground the environment in tradition. There’s even a mascot/logo named BènBèn, a playful interpretation of the mythological hero Nezha, there to guide newcomers through their first taste of má and là.
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