When we talk about Singapore’s culinary landscape, one of the most iconic dishes that has earned itself international acclaim is none other than the famous chilli crab. Having received approval from both locals and tourists alike, most would agree that this is a quintessential Singaporean dish not to be missed. Anyone who argues about its origins is either lying or is terribly misinformed. Period.
While many seafood restaurants in Singapore have their own renditions of this local dish, the gravy is almost always a combination of sweet, spicy and savoury flavours, accented with chilli and tomato sauce. Dig into it with your bare hands to enjoy the full experience—yes, this is a meal that is meant to be messy so don’t be shy about licking the sauce off your fingers!
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TungLok Seafood’s Chilli Crab is one of the restaurant’s bestsellers. The crabs are cooked to perfection and its plump flesh does not stick to the shell; the outer shell breaks easily hence allowing one to dig into the fresh crabmeat almost effortlessly.
The secret ingredient that lies in the chilli-based tomato sauce is one that gives the viscous gravy an extra oomph, and you would never have guessed that it is freshly squeezed orange juice.
181 Orchard Road #11-05,
Tel: +65 6834 4888
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun and PH: 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
You may have heard of Ban Heng for their ridiculously affordable dim sum buffet but the restaurant’s rendition of Chilli Crab is one you should be taking note of. While other chilli crab recipes outside tend to be sweeter, this one is considerably spicier and it should impress those who enjoy spice.
1 Maritime Square #04-01,
Tel: +65 6278 0288 / +65 6278 1354
Daily: 11.30am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
Known for their Signature Chilli Pomelo Crab, Blue Lotus sources for meaty Sri Lankan crabs that are stir-fried with thick tomato-based sauce that mixed with chopped herbs and spices such as lemongrass and curry leaves for that aromatic flavour.
31 Ocean Way #01-13,
Tel: +65 6339 0880
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Mon to Fri: 6pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
As Paradise Group’s first culinary concept, Seafood Paradise has created a strong branding for itself when it comes to seafood and of course, their Singapore’s Famous Chilli Crab which is on the spicier side—catering more for the local taste buds. If you find the spice too much to handle, have them with deep-fried mantou.
10 Bayfront Avenue #02-03,
Marina Bay Sands (Level 2 Dining)
Tel: +65 6688 7051
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Bayfront
Swimming in a subtly sweet, savoury and spicy gravy, the much-loved Chilli Crabs is a staple and we particularly love Executive Chef Low’s rendition as it is served with lots of egg stirred into the sauce mixture to give it a luscious and decadent texture.
7500 Beach Road
PARKROYAL on Beach Road
For reservations: +65 6505 5710 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily: 6am – 12am
Nearest Stations: Bugis / Nicoll Highway
This is undisputedly one of J65’s best dishes and the crabs are stir-fried in garlic, ginger, shallots, tomato paste and chilli sauce. The best part? The succulent and juicy chilli crabs are free-flow at this buffet restaurant!
1A Cuscaden Road Level 1
Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore
Tel: +65 6831 4374
Daily: 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
Before chilli crabs became ubiquitous at all the seafood restaurants in Singapore, JUMBO seafood was one of the first few to perfect this recipe. Their award-winning restaurant used to be one of the most talked about in town and continues to be one of the top choices among tourists who wish to have a taste of the Singapore chilli crab.
Block 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08,
East Coast Seafood Centre
Tel: +65 6442 3435
Mon to Fri: 5pm – 11.45pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.30am – 12am
Nearest Station: Bedok
Photo Credit: Palm Beach Seafood
PALM BEACH SEAFOOD
Having been around since 1956, you can only expect the best from this established seafood restaurant. Situated within One Fullerton with a fantastic view of the Marina Bay waterfront, their Sri Lankan chilli crab is indeed worth the splurge.
1 Fullerton Road #01-09,
Tel: +65 6336 8118
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place
Spice Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road has one of the most value-for-money seafood buffet spreads in Singapore. We liked that the chefs did their own twist on the chilli crab with a thicker and spicier sauce instead of the traditional and typical Singapore-style chilli crab.
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
181 Kitchener Rd
Tel: +65 6428 3160
Daily: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park
The origins of chilli crab are widely associated with Roland Seafood restaurant as it is said that the owner’s father is the founder of the iconic Singapore Chilli Crab. Continuing on the founder’s legacy, the restaurant still serves the original recipe today and it is slightly sweeter than the ones you will find elsewhere.
Block 89, Marine Parade Central, #06-750
Tel: +65 6440 8205
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun & PH: 11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Eunos
RED HOUSE SEAFOOD
Satisfying diners since 1976, Red House Seafood pays tribute to Asian cooking techniques by incorporating Chinese, Malay, Peranakan and Indian flavours into their dishes. Opt for the Red House Chilli Crab and you get to choose among varieties such as Sri Lankan Mud Crab, Scottish Brown Crab and Alaskan King Crab.
60 Robertson Quay #01-14,
Tel: +65 6735 7666
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
NO SIGNBOARD SEAFOOD
Starting out as a hawker stall at Mattar Road Hawker Centre, No Signboard Seafood restaurant is now a leading seafood restaurant chain in Singapore. Apart from the acclaimed White Pepper Crab dish, many loyal patrons visit them time and again for their quality chilli crabs as well.
6 Eu Tong Sen Street #04-63,
The Central @ Clarke Quay
Tel: +65 6221 9959
Daily: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay