When it comes to seafood dishes in Singapore, it’s hard to say no to one of their local favourites — chilli crabs. Cooked in a thick tomato-based gravy with added chillies, you can enjoy them on its own or serve with either a bowl of white rice or deep-fried/steamed mantou. And if you find yourself craving for chilli crab, check out these Top 10 Restaurants for Chilli Crab in Singapore.
1) Blue Lotus Singapore
Since its establishment in 2013, Blue Lotus has been synonymous with its signature crab dishes including black & white peppercorn and claypot vermicelli varieties. But their real deal remains the famous Sri Lankan-sourced Chilli Pomelo Crab, in which crabs are stir-fried using a combination of fresh chillies with added herbs and spices. And interestingly enough, the Chilli Pomelo Crab isn’t just a spicy seafood dish since it is also served with pomelo bits that give you a right balance of sweetness in between. Other than their flagship at Sentosa Cove, you can also locate Blue Lotus at Tanjong Pagar and Alexandra Road.
2) JUMBO Seafood Singapore
Words like “old but gold” is best described for this legendary JUMBO Seafood restaurant, which has been around since 1987. The restaurant made its debut at the East Coast Seafood Centre before gradually expanding to a few more outlets such as Riverside Point, ION Orchard and Jewel Changi Airport. One of their signature dishes happens to be their award-winning chilli crab, which combines “10 different Southeast Asian spices” including the likes of chillies, lemongrass, tomato sauce and fermented bean paste. The result is a one-of-a-kind flavour that has all the sweet, spicy and sour aftertaste upon every bite of the saucy crab meat.
3) TungLok Seafood
At TungLok Seafood, they source only the freshest catch regardless of crabs, fishes and prawns and cook them in a local Singapore-style recipe. One of TungLok’s can’t-miss seafood dishes is their signature chilli crab. Not just your average tomato-based chilli crab, it comes with a unique citrus-y twist. Besides, who would have thought that chilli crab could pair unexpectedly well with freshly-squeezed orange juice? You can find TungLok Seafood restaurants at Upper Jurong Road, Orchard Central and Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) Mall.
4) Dancing Crab
It’s East meets West at Dancing Crab, a fusion restaurant specialising in a wide variety of seafood dishes ranging from Live Boston Lobster Combo to Moonshine Vodka Live Prawn and Chilli Crab Bread Bowl. The latter is particularly a must-try for crab lovers, where the dish combines the best of both worlds: herbs-infused spicy chilli crab with a fluffy and crispy big bun in between. Together with a thick sweet-and-spicy crab sauce on the bottom of the bowl, don’t forget to dip in with the bread for the ultimate seafood experience. Dancing Crab can be found in The Grandstand, Orchard Central and VivoCity branches.
5) Roland Restaurant
Roland Restaurant is no stranger to offering chilli crabs, which has been their longstanding signature dish since 1956. Even after all these decades since its humble beginnings back in the olden days, the restaurant still retains its original family recipe. Unlike most robust-flavoured chilli crabs available in Singapore, Roland Restaurant’s version is sweeter and lighter in taste. Their chilli crab comes with a plate of pillowy buns for dipping into the sauce.
6) Long Beach Seafood Restaurant
Plump and juicy Sri Lankan crab meat aside, Long Beach’s version of chilli crab is one to die for. This is especially true if you prefer your chilli crab to be spicier in taste. The gravy is thick and fiery while it has the right balance of sweet and tart flavours, making it a perfect dip for crispy fried mantou as well. Other than Long Beach’s signature chilli crab, they are also equally known for their famous black pepper crab. They have five outlets in total including Dempsey Road, King, UDMC, IMM and Stevens Road.
7) No Signboard Seafood
No Signboard Seafood may be prominently known for its signature White Pepper Crab. But they are no slouch either when it comes to serving chilli crabs. The latter allows you to choose your preferred level of spiciness. Expect juicy and succulent crab meat coupled with its thick spicy-sweet sauce. Also, don’t forget to mop up the remaining sauce by dipping it with deep-fried mantou. You can locate No Signboard Seafood restaurants at four places including Vivo City, The Central @ Clarke Quay, The Esplanade and No 414 Geylang.
8) Keng Eng Kee Seafood
Starting out as a hawker stall selling Hainanese chicken rice back in the 1950s before gradually expanding to local zi char dishes in the 70s, Keng Eng Kee Seafood has gained a loyal following over the decades. You can find various crab dishes here ranging from stir-fried to steamed and served in a claypot. Then, there’s the chilli crab served with delicious tomato-based eggy sauce. Best served with a plate of steam buns where you can dip them into the sauce.
9) Momma Kong’s
Located at 34 Mosque Street, Momma Kong’s prides itself in serving local crab dishes using only fresh ingredients with no added flavour enhancers whatsoever. You can have them served in seven different cooking styles but whatever you do, don’t forget to order their signature chilli crab. The latter even earned its recognition from Lonely Planet for serving “the island’s best Chilli Crab”. Make sure to order a side serving of deep-fried or steamed mantou for mopping up into the crab sauce.
10) Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant
Ban Leong Wah Hoe specialises in old-school zi char varieties, particularly the crowd-favourite Prawn Paste Chicken (har cheong kai). But they serve good crab dishes as well, namely the succulent chilli crab cooked in a thick spicy-sweet sauce. Best of all, they use wild-caught live crabs which are specially air-flown from Indonesia’s East Java.
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Singapore are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.