Looking forward to try the famous chilli crab dish in Singapore? Here are the best restaurants to go to!
TOP 1 Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House
Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House is a relatively new establishment which serves classic Chinese dishes with a contemporary twist. One such dish is the Signature Chilli Pomelo Crab. Instead of the usual thick gravy with ketchup and egg, Blue Lotus’ version of chilli crab sauce is a mix of herbs and spices such as lemongrass and curry leaves, which instantly upped the ante for the flavour of the dish. A bit of chilli is added to give that slight spicy kick to complete the flavour profile. Pieces of meaty and juicy Sri Lankan crabs are then added to the delectable sauce and cooked al dente so that the flesh of the crab retains its original sweetness while at the same time takes on the flavour of the aromatic herbs and spices. Freshly-peeled pomelo bits are then sprinkled onto the dish for a tangy twist. For its amazing rendition of chilli crab, Blue Lotus has even earned the title “King of Chilli Crab” by famous food critic Wong Ah Yoke.
An added bonus of dining here is that Blue Lotus is situated at the Idyllic Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove, so you will be accompanied by gorgeous views of the waterfront and enjoy the soft breeze as you dine.
Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-13 Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375
Monday, Wednesday-Friday: 6pm – 10pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11.30am – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm
Closed on Tuesdays
TOP 2 Tung Lok Seafood
Tung Lok Seafood is one of the big names when it comes to seafood restaurants in Singapore, and the chilli crab is one of its bestselling dishes. The award-winning restaurant uses only the freshest crabs which are cooked to perfection in the gooey eggy sauce that makes diner salivate. Tung Lok added a winning twist to its chilli crab sauce which brings the dish up a notch. On top of the usual ingredients that goes into the sauce such as tomato sauce, chilli sauce, sambal, egg and corn starch, a dash of fresh orange juice is added to balance out the flavour and give it a tinge of tangy sweetness which complements the crab and the accompanying fried buns (man tou) perfectly.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #11-05 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 (2 other outlets at Jurong and Paya Lebar)
Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 3pm and 6pm – 10.30pm
Sunday & PH: 10am – 3pm and 6pm – 10.30pm
TOP 3 No Signboard Seafood
No Signboard Seafood is another established seafood restaurant that has a long history. Founder Mdm Ong Kim Hoi started a hawker stall at Mattar Road Hawker Centre in the 1970s. Thanks to the freshness of the seafood and the impeccable cooking skills, the stall gained a loyal following and eventually expanded to become No Signboard Seafood restaurant with several outlets in Singapore. They are famous for their white pepper crab dish which was first created by Mdm Ong in the hawker stall and is one-of-a-kind in Singapore, and also for their chilli crab. The good news is No Signboard allows diners to customise the level of spiciness for their chilli crab, so you need not worry if the dish is too spicy for your liking or not spicy enough.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-02 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 11am – 10.30pm daily
TOP 4 Jumbo Seafood
Jumbo Seafood at East Coast Park is a perennial favourite with both locals and tourists, thanks to the irresistible food and the location by the beach. Established as a single outlet at East Coast Seafood Centre in 1987, it has earned several awards and expanded to a few outlets around Singapore and even overseas. Its chilli crab is award-winning and was famously featured in the Hawker Heroes Challenge where local hawkers faced off with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The version of chilli crab sauce served is comparatively less spicy, more tomatoey and laden with more eggs, which is recommended for diners who have a lower spice tolerance. If you fell in love with chilli crab after tasting it here, the chilli crab sauce is available in retail packs for you to recreate the dish in the comfort of your home.
Address: Block 1206 East Coast Parkway, #01-07/08 East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449883 (check the website for the addresses of other outlets)
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 11.45pm
Sat, Sun & public holidays: 11.30am – 12am
TOP 5 Long Beach Seafood
Long Beach Seafood is another strong contender when it comes to quality seafood dishes. It was established back in 1946 at Bedok Rest House, and was wildly popular with both the British and the locals who look forward to savouring sumptuous seafood by the sea. The black pepper crab is their signature dish, as well as the chilli crab. The chilli crab here is more on the spicy side compared to other restaurants, perfect for those who want a spicy savoury kick. The fresh plump crabs ensures a satisfying dish!
Address: Block 1202 East Coast Parkway, #01-04 East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449881 (check the website for the addresses of other outlets)
Opening hours: 11am – 12am daily
TOP 6 Roland Restaurant
Roland Restaurant is touted as the founder of chilli crab. Established in 1956, it started as a small restaurant along Kallang River where the founders, Mr Lim Choon Ngee and Mdm Cher Yam Tian, whipped up seafood dishes over charcoal fire. It was reportedly then that the chilli crab dish was invented by Mdm Cher. The original version of chilli crab cooked by Mdm Cher did not have egg and was sweeter, but now it has evolved into a luscious rich eggy sauce with a mild spicy kick, which tastes so good that diners mop it up with the crusty French loaf served alongside the chilli crab. The crabs here are also full of roe, the most prized part of a crab among many crab lovers, especially Chinese from the Teochew dialect group.
Address: Blk 89 Marine Parade Central, #06-750, Singapore 440089
Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm and 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun & Public Holidays: 11am – 2.30pm and 6pm – 10.30pm
TOP 7 Palm Beach Seafood
Established in 1956, Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant is one of the city’s oldest restaurants which boasts of awards such as The Michelin Guide 2016 and Wine and Dine Top Restaurants 2016. It is conveniently located at the Fullerton Road beside the iconic Merlion, so you can head there for your chilli crab fix after visiting the Merlion, and continue to enjoy the splendid view of Marina Bay as you dine. The crabs are meaty and juicy and the sauce is done just right with the perfect balance of spiciness, sweetness and savouriness.
Address: 1 Fullerton Road, #01-09 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm daily
TOP 8 Red House Seafood
Red House Seafood Restaurant was established in 1976, and specialises in a wide range of dishes with Chinese, Malay, Peranakan and Indian influences. The Red House Chilli Crab is one of their signature dishes. The sauce is more sweet than savoury, with a hint of vinegar and spiciness to balance out the flavour. You get to choose your desired variety of crab, such as Sri Lankan Mud Crab, Scottish Brown Crab or Alaskan King Crab. The outlet at Robertson Quay allows you to enjoy the food while soaking in the picturesque view of the Singapore River. An indulgence not to be missed!
Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-14 The Quayside, Singapore 238252 (check the website for the addresses of other outlets)
Mon – Fri: 3pm – 10pm
Sat, Sun & public holiday: 12pm – 10pm
TOP 9 Mellben Seafood
From a humble stall along Alexandra Road, Mellben Seafood has expanded into several outlets across Singapore, a testament of their popularity with diners. They are famous for their crab dishes. Their chilli crab is hailed as one of the best in Singapore, with big juicy crabs bathed in copious gravy thickened with egg and corn starch. The crabs are consistently fresh and big, and this has proven to be one of the things Mellben has done right. You can also try their claypot crab vermicelli soup and other crab dishes such as butter crab, salted egg yolk crab, shimmering sands crab and even laksa crab (only available at the Pasir Ris branch). For the quality and consistency of its dishes, it has been listed under Michelin recommendation.
Address: Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-105, Singapore 081007
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.15pm daily
TOP 10 Hua Yu Wee
Hua Yu Wee is the last of the seafood restaurants that still stands on Upper East Coast Road, which used to be the former beachfront populated by seafood restaurants before land reclamation took place. Its premises are a 1920s bungalow with outhouses, wings and a spacious backyard which houses a large number of tables. The dishes are as old school as the bungalow, which allows you to savour traditional dishes that are rarely found in restaurants nowadays. This restaurant is wildly popular especially on weekends, where many cars can be spotted parking at its spacious front yard which serves as a carpark. The crabs are fresh and plump, and you can have them cooked in different ways such as chilli crab, salt-baked crab and steamed crab with egg. The chilli crab here is more to the spicy side and the sauce is thick and eggy. Be sure to make a reservation before going down especially if you have a big group.
Address: 462 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466508
Opening hours: 4.30pm – 11.30pm daily
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