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The Best Places To Eat Crab In Singapore

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Updated: 18 November 2016
Chili crab and black pepper crab are the two most popular ways of eating crab in Singapore. For chili crab, the food is served in thick, sweet and spicy tomato sauce that gets its rich texture from bits of cooked egg. The black pepper crab is seasoned differently, with a dry rub that the crab is fried in. Keep in mind that crab is often sold by weight (usually per 100g), so check the scales before you complete your order to avoid a nasty surprise when you receive your bill. It’s also common for the water, napkins and peanuts presented to you at the beginning of the meal to have extra charges, so inform your waiter if you prefer not to have these items.

Makkansutra Glutton’s Bay

This hawker is located nearby the waterfront right next to the Esplanade Theatre. Along with the sweeping views of the bay, this is a great place to get your fix of chili crab (and chili lobster).  The stall closest to the water is where to head for your crab fix and the great thing is that they display prices per plate, rather than selling by weight, which is ideal if you’re on a budget or unfamiliar with the weighing process. The chili crab served here is deliciously spicy so make sure you get some mantous (fried buns) to soak up any leftover sauce after you’re done eating.

Makkansutra Glutton’s Bay #01-15, 8 Raffles Ave, 039802

No Signboard Seafood

There are now four locations of No Signboard Seafood restaurants in Singapore, but for the authentic experience you need to head to their original location just outside Singapore’s red light district in Geylang. There are two main things that set No Signboard apart from its competitors: one is that you can choose the level of spiciness of the chili sauce, this is perfect for people who do not enjoy extremely spicy food. Secondly, No Signboard is the original inventor of white pepper crab and they’ve perfected the recipe over the four decades that they have been serving it.

No Signboard Seafood, 414 Geylang Road, 389392

White pepper crab. #nosignboard #geylang #whitepeppercrab #seafood #nomeat

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Jumbo Seafood

Jumbo Seafood’s first location opened in 1987 at the East Coast Seafood Center, right on East Coast Beach. Subsequent locations have opened in trendy expat and tourist-friendly neighborhoods of Boat Quay and Dempsey Hill. The chili sauce at Jumbo is unique for its rich sauce that is significantly sweeter, and therefore less spicy, than other places. With the quayside location it is especially key to make reservations in advance to avoid waiting in a long queue.

1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08 East Coast Seafood Centre, East Coast Seafood Centre, 449883


Sin Huat Eating House

Sin Huat serves famous Crab Bee Hoon. Ever since Anthony Bourdain visited this restaurant and subsequently included it on his list of 13 Places to Eat Before You Die, it has seen a significant increase in patronage. Bourdain described the crab bee hoon here as ‘giant Sri Lankan beasts cooked with a spicy mystery sauce and noodles—pure messy indulgence’. Find out for yourself if it’s worthy of the hype. 

Lor 35 Geylang Road, Singapore 389589

This Legendary Crab dish that I've been wanting to try for ages.. Since watching Anthony Bourdain rave about it, the man clearly knew what he was talking about.. All I can say is it is must try at least once.. Something Truely Singaporean, Truely local.. I can imagine Michelin must have come with a enlightened heart to try this dish.. As did we.. The whole dining is an experience in itself.. Can't be explained, you gotta be here to get it.. And amongst others, good fellowship with foodies pals and Pokemon overload ( No condemnation but I think I learnt some Greek yesterday) 😆. #crab #sinhuateatinghouse #musttry #singaporefood #geylang #anthonybourdain #michelinguide #michelinbibgourmand #yumyum #beehoon #missionaccomplished #garlicfestival

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Long Beach

Located on Singapore’s East Coast, Long Beach is often said to be the place that has the spiciest chili crab on the island. Serving up perfectly juicy and fresh crabs from their live tanks, these crabs are elevated to another level due to the perfect combination of sweetness, spiciness and saltiness of the sauce. Long Beach is also the ideal place to try black pepper crab as it was first created here.

1018 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449877

Crabby dinners #wheninsingapore #chillicrab #fingerlicking #longbeachseafood #sebastian

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