Possibly one of the most iconic Singaporean dishes, chilli crab has found its way to many a foodie and celebrity chef’s heart and belly. The highly revered chilli crab has even earned a spot on CNNGo’s World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods list. Time and again, chilli crab has become a must-try experience for anyone visiting the country of Singapore. Even for the most discerning traveler, chilli crab can satisfy any craving for seafood or spice – its tomato-chilli sauce hits all the right notes of spice, sweetness and tang.
Like many dishes, each restaurant has its own version of chilli crab. Some have a more distinct sambal flavor, some are more acidic – but two factors are constant: visible egg white ribbons in an abundance of sauce. Of course, every chilli crab experience is incomplete without the presence of fluffy fried mantou buns, the perfect foil to the tangy spiciness of the chilli crab.
Although the quest for the best chilli crab in Singapore remains a hotly contested topic, Evolve Daily presents its top picks for the 5 Best Chilli Crab Restaurants In Singapore:
1) Jumbo Seafood
One of the most popular chilli crab restaurants, Jumbo Seafood has 5 outlets all over the island. Don’t be surprised at the size of your crab – Jumbo truly lives up to its name, serving the biggest, most tender chilli crabs in town. If your tolerance for spice isn’t at par with the local tastebuds, Jumbo Seafood might just be your best bet.
1206 East Coast Parkway, #01-07/08, Singapore, 449883
30 Merchant Road # 01-01/02 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-48 The Riverwalk, Singapore 05841
10 Changi Coast Walk, SAFRA Resort, Singapore 499739
Blk 11 #01-16 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249673
2) Melben Seafood
What was once a quiet neighborhood favorite has become home to one of the longest dinner queues in Singapore. Skip the crowds and arrive way before dinnertime to secure a table (they don’t take reservations). Although their Claypot Crab Bee Hoon Soup and Butter Crab is more well known, their sweet version of chilli crab definitely hits the spot as well.
211 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, Singapore, 310211
Not really the dressing up type? Head on over to Mastercrab, a chain of neighborhood cze char (cooked to order restaurant) that serves up some of the best chilli crab at a decent price point. Feeling adventurous? Mastercrab is known for its Salted Egg Yolk Crab as well.
Blk 19 Ghim Moh Road #01-229
Blk 277 Compassvale Link #01-13
Blk 475 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3 #01-31
Blk 108 Punggol Field #01-01
Blk 639 Punggol Drive #01-07
4) Long Beach
One of the most iconic chilli crab restaurants in Singapore, Long Beach has received many culinary awards and is often recommended by locals. The main branch at East Coast Parkway offers a great view of the seaside as well as the sparkling lights from the nearby neighborhoods. The spiciness level for chilli crabs at Long Beach is probably the highest among the restaurants in this list!
1018 East Coast Parkway, Next to ECP Burger King
1202 East Coast Parkway, #01-04 East Coast Seafood Centre
25 Dempsey Road, opposite Singapore Botanic Gardens
Jurong East St 21, Level 3, IMM Building, Next to Rooftop Garden
220 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore
5) No Signboard
Can’t figure out which spiciness level you prefer? No Signboard lets you choose the level of spiciness for your chilli crab as part of their service. The decades old Geylang outlet gives you that quintessential dining experience of vintage ambiance and delicious food.
414 Geylang , Singapore 389392
1 Harbourfront Walk #03-02 Vivo City Singapore 098585
Blk 1202 East Coast Parkway #01 – 02 East Coast Seafood Centre Singapore 449881
Remember, chilli crab is best eaten with your bare hands. Although some restaurants provide plastic bibs to protect your clothing, why not prepare ahead and forego your favorite white t-shirt for something darker. And when you’re ready to burn those calories, why not head to the nearest MMA gym and sweat it out with some World Champions?