The 7 Best Chilli Crab in Singapore 2021
Eat & Drink | January 11, 2021
If you are looking for the most typical and enjoyable dish for your trip to Singapore, it is hard to look past chilli crab. Basically, chilli crab is a seafood dish in which stir-fried crab is coated with sweet, savoury, and spicy tomato-based sauce. This dish is often accompanied by steam or deep-fried buns (also known as mantous).
Chilli Crab is listed at number 35 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods, compiled by CNN Go in 2011. This Singaporean iconic seafood dish is a must try to complete the culinary exploring journey of any travelers. And here are the five best seafood restaurants in Singapore for you to have the best chilli crab [updated 2021].
- Classic chilli crab: The thing that defines the style and tastes for chilli crab at a seafood restaurant must be the chilli sauce. No doubt, the chilli sauce of Jumbo lives up to its reputation – a classic version, which is thick, sweet, and slightly spicy. Its spiciness level is at the lowest one, compared with its other counterparts, so it might be just nice for Western palates.
- In a classy ambience: The high-quality chilli crab in a classy ambience makes passed-by people jealous. Jumbo seafood at Boat Quay is located by the riverside, overlooking the splendid Singapore River. At the outdoor seating area, you can get a good view of Singapore’s old port, plentiful modern skyscrapers, iridescent reflection on the river, running twakow boats and the stylish people of all kinds. The air-conditioned dining area inside is nicely set up for a chilled-out night. Jumbo is definitely a fashionable seafood restaurant in Singapore.
- A spicy version of chilli crab: Long Beach’s chilli crab is granted to be the highest rank of seafood feast, especially for chilli – seafood lovers. The higher level of spiciness sets this restaurant apart from others. The gravy is an impeccable combination of spiciness, sweetness and saltiness, complementing perfectly with man tou. And how is the crab? Absolutely, it is the best in your dish with very juicy and fresh flesh.
- Best place to have black pepper crab: This legendary dish was firstly created by a talented chef of Long Beach. Since then, black pepper crab has become Long Beach’s signature dish and obtained a remarkable reputation amongst restaurants. As such, crabs are served up on your table with a perfectly coated layer of fragrant and delicious black pepper sauce, making the fresh and succulent flesh tastiest.
- Chilli crab with various levels of spiciness: If you order chilli crab at No Signboard, you are best served with the level of spiciness on your own taste. A No Signboard’s chilli crab plate is always in tantalization; appearance may sometimes be pretty messy, though.
- Home to best white pepper crab: No Signboard ‘invented’ Singaporean white pepper crab, in fact. No other places provide better white pepper crab than No Signboard. The restaurant possesses a perfect recipe for this dish. The peppery taste is strong but doesn’t overwhelm the sweetness of crab’s flesh. Served with some vegetables, this pepper sauce-coated crab dish goes well with fried rice.
- A sweet sauce version of chilli crab: Red House’s chilli gravy is sweet rather than savoury and this luscious sauce goes well with crab meat and deep-fried mantous. The restaurant’s less spicy crab dishes are just ideal for when you want something new for your palates rather than something classic.
- Comfortable ambience for all kinds of gatherings: Red House Seafood on Prinsep has a bright, modern look with wooden tables and chairs. In that unpretentious ambience, everyone finds their own ‘comfort zone’ for their seafood feast. The restaurant’s 6 private rooms are the right choice when there is a business meeting or family gathering.
- Delicious chilli crab: Chilli crab at Mellben is one of the best in our Lion city. You can always get very big crabs in thick, spicy and slightly sweet chilli sauce. Just request for a less spicy plate if you cannot bear high level of spiciness.
- Best place to have claypot crab bee hoon: Claypot crab bee hoon (also known as claypot crab vermicelli soup) is basically a noodle soup dish, highlighted by milky broth, which is rich with the aroma and sweetness from crabs. For many locals, Mellben is the best place to enjoy claypot crab bee hoon - a crab dish that may be new to your culinary dictionary but can make you melt from the first spoon of soup.
- Outstanding butter crab: Close your eyes and imagine a big crab coated with thick, buttery, sweet, and slightly spicy sauce. The combination of seafood and butter may not be something out of your world, but Mellben’s recipe is really out of this world. It is a dish to die for.
- Louisiana classics: The state of Louisiana, U.S. is known for its rich seafood tradition, and Dancing Crab aims to bring that experience to Singapore. Starting from its Cajun flavors, down to its loud jazz music, hefty beverage lineup, and homey atmosphere.
- Build-a-combo: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can choose to build your own seafood boil combo that perfectly suits your taste. Choose your main seafood (crab, Dungeness crab, or Boston lobster), secondary seafood and other ingredients, and sauce (signature Cajun, zesty garlic butter, or Beurre blanc).
- Decadent desserts: An excellent seafood meal must always be capped off with an equally excellent dessert. Louisiana’s official state donut, Beignet, is on the menu, of course!
- Choose your level of spiciness: Some like it hot; some prefer just a little, light kick to keep the spotlight on the crab. HolyCrab has 5 levels of heat to accommodate every diner’s spice preference.
- 12 crab dishes to choose from: It’s always great to have choices, and diners are spoiled for choice at HolyCrab. Choose from 12 exquisite crab dishes including Green Mumba (signature green sauce with strong Oriental flavors), Devil’s (creamy butter sauce with curry flavors), and Orgasmic (just like Devil’s but with the luxurious addition of brown salted egg yolks).
- Immersion classes by the renowned Chef Elton Seah: Fancy yourself a chef? Take HolyCrab’s affordable immersion classes taught by no less than Head Chef Elton Seah. Learn traditional Singaporean dishes such as Red Chili Crab, Black Pepper Crab, and Minced Pork Omelet.
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