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Which restaurant in Singapore serves the best chilli crab?

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I’d like to know is which restaurant in Singapore serves the best chilli crab and what ingredient do you think makes this dish so special?

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  1. Happy Camper
    December 29th, 2009 at 15:17 | #1

    I like the chilli crab that is served in this small heartland reataurant called Chu Kee Cuisine. It’s cooked in the traditional way with thick gravy and the fried man tou (fried buns). But they’ve updated with something that gives it a little sour touch which makes it really lovely. I’m not sure what it is but I like it a lot.

    The restaurant is located at Farrer Court (Blk 3 Queens Road #02-171).

  2. SiSi Y
    December 29th, 2009 at 16:07 | #2

    I will suggest this two restaurant – 1, No signboard, 2, jumbo. MY FAV!!!!!!

  3. K W
    December 29th, 2009 at 17:06 | #3

    Little Red House at East Coast. The sweetness of the sauce and the buns make this an excellent combination.

    I would give the House of Steamed Fish at Geylang a try as well if the boss there himself is doing the cooking.

  4. -_-”
    December 29th, 2009 at 17:28 | #4

    in geylang, the shop name is (No Sign Board)

  5. havensent
    December 29th, 2009 at 17:52 | #5

    Try the new restaurant Long Beach at Dempsy Hill.
    Environment and atmosphere is good for group dinning.
    There is not 1 best restaurant, it place has it’s own special taste. You have to try a few to know your personal likings.

  6. JJ
    December 29th, 2009 at 18:49 | #6

    1. no signboard
    2. longbeach

    They have good chilli crabs but mind you, the price is also very good. Try some heartland chilli crabs too, eg there is 1 at ang mo kio and another in clementi (just know how to go there but 4got the names). Hey, can just ask around and pple will tell you.

  7. AshBurg
    December 29th, 2009 at 18:53 | #7

    Well as i know there is 1 coffeeshop that hav long que ( Location is at Ang mo kio Blk 230) They serve diff version of tasted. No only resturant serve the best some time other place also.Try the taste and you will know

  8. Summer
    December 29th, 2009 at 19:47 | #8

    Long beach on east coast :)

  9. Recca
    December 29th, 2009 at 19:56 | #9

    Mellben Seafood
    Block 232, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 (Street 22), #01-1222
    Tel: (65) 6285 6762

  10. Desert Rose
    December 29th, 2009 at 20:02 | #10

    Most of the restaurants and stalls in Singapore serve delicious chili crabs…Basically, different people have different expectations and preferences when it comes to eating chili crabs, it is difficult to actually declare a winner. You need to taste and judge for yourself.

  11. Kelly
    December 29th, 2009 at 20:23 | #11

    Ang mo kio Blk 230
    still road

  12. Helpless
    December 29th, 2009 at 20:41 | #12

    Long beach at east coast park.

  13. alexseah71
    December 29th, 2009 at 21:14 | #13

    Taste is on individual preference. For me shop at Geylang Lorong 24 – No signboard Restaurant but a bit more expensive. Last I ate there a kilo costs $36 and the rest cost around $26 – $30. Also have choice between female or male crabs whereas shops at heartland mostly stocks male crab only.

    Another shop is one at Tampines St 11. Situated at the hawker centre but more famous for its butter crab version. They also add curry leaves which leaves a very nice aroma.

  14. ma-re
    December 29th, 2009 at 22:58 | #14

    Long beach @ East coast, no sign board and forgot the name but somewhere near the airport =)

  15. aunt_webby
    December 29th, 2009 at 23:14 | #15

    Little Red House in East Coast .its d best…
    I have been eating there since I was 18 and thats like 20 years ago………
    you just gotta go and try it out ….

    Long Beach, Jumbo and No sign Board are good too but …

  16. kads
    December 29th, 2009 at 23:26 | #16

    definitely Long Beach down in east coast..i have been dining there since i was a kid.. there are two branches along the east coast.. if i m not wrong, an outdoor restaurant at the seafood centre and another indoor one near marine cove..lines can be terribly long but itis definitely worth the wait..the pepper crab is also a must have..

  17. andurililover
    December 29th, 2009 at 23:45 | #17

    no signboard seafood restaurant is one of the most preferred dining areas specializing in chilli crabs.

    they do have a few branches in Singapore but i like the east coast venue best. the ingredient that makes this dish really special would be the sauce itself i guess… but when you’ve got to have fried buns to dip into the chilli sauce (:

    here’s the link to some of the seafood restaurants in Singapore.

  18. hein
    December 30th, 2009 at 00:21 | #18

    got one for you,


    i am not a fan of chilli crab like you
    i don’t think its special at all

    i have eaten the best crab in Portugal and Norway not here in Singapore sorry

  19. blossom
    December 30th, 2009 at 00:35 | #19

    No Signboard @ geylang

  20. jam hata
    December 30th, 2009 at 01:13 | #20

    the best i have try is at newton food center stall 53!!!

  21. Cel
    December 30th, 2009 at 02:03 | #21

    Hi Curtis,

    I like this restaurant below. I am biased as I grew up around this area and don’t really experiment much. Hence I can’t tell what makes the dish so special compared to other places. If you chance upon this area, order the mantou (bread that has been deep fried). Its really nice with the gravy.

    This is a non-airconditioned restuarant out of town and located near the Pierce Reservoir.

    Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood
    122 Casuarina Rd Singapore 579510
    Tel : 6452-2824

  22. JT
    December 30th, 2009 at 02:03 | #22

    I know of this stall at Rangoon Rd, Stall name is Lai Huat Restaurant…

    The most special ingredient is definitely the chilli!!!!

  23. mazze
    December 30th, 2009 at 02:27 | #23

    On an overall ‘crab’ basis – It got to be “Seafood paradise” for me. Its located at defu lane , midst of all the industrial factories but amazingly crowded even on weekends. That speak for itself on how good it is! They just opened a second outlet at the Singapore flyer and quality yet to be tested (by me of cos!).

    I used to like Chilli crab, still like it but moved on to Black pepper crab – the aroma wakes my senses and u can taste the fresh crab meat better. Seafood paradise has their own butter crab which is equally sinful by soaking up the butter cream with fried buns. OMG… im calling to make a booking now!

    The ingredient that make this dish special Singapore-style (than other countries) – lemon grass leaves & shrimp paste.

    “The satisfaction comes from the search for the best itself”

  24. Anthony T
    December 30th, 2009 at 02:43 | #24

    eng seng resturant at joo chiat place. it’s dirty but it’s oh so damn good!

    247/249 Joo Chiat Place
    Tel: +65 6440 5560
    5pm – 10pm (Closed on Wed)

  25. Nok
    December 30th, 2009 at 02:57 | #25

    I love Gold coast seafood which used to be at UDMC. I love the juicy sauce which is a balance combination of sweet, sour and spicy. I have always had hard time stopping myself eating the sauce and deep fried bun. The important ingredient is of course the chilly!!! I took a cooking lesson from “at-sunrice, fort canning” years back and it was as good as gold coast seafood.

  26. tang Ihalo@yahoo.com
    December 30th, 2009 at 03:41 | #26

    Hi Curtis,
    I’ Amy Pheysey, Living In Singapore. I myself love Crab so much and for me i would like to suggest there is one Place call Uncle Leong seafood, located at a very Normal Food Court near ANG MO KIO where I’ve been eaten all most Chili Crab Restaurant i can say this one i had recommended is really not bad, well…so far i brought some friends with us and they compliments to this restaurant is really good. you could not only try cili crab, i insisted that you must try white pepper crab as well, vermicelli noodles crab and also other dishes…and not only nices Restaurant serve the best Crab and this Uncle Leong Seafood is Inexpensive at all…so enjoy and Bon Appetite.

  27. angelineba
    December 30th, 2009 at 04:25 | #27

    AMK where ?

    which road ??

  28. delricsim
    December 30th, 2009 at 04:25 | #28

    I know one at Joo Chiat which serve good chilli crabs. There are always lots of people queuing up. To go there, you can travel along Still Road and then turn to Joo Chiat. It’s at the junction. Easy to find. Open in the evening, around 5pm -6pm. You will see many people queueing up.

    The other one is at Ang Mo Kio. Some of them had already given the address of the Ang Mo Kio shop, so I needn’t say anymore.

    Jumbo and Little Red House’s standard are inconsistent. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. And prices are steep! I went to Jumbo recently, it was quite disappointing, the sauce was too starchy that it taste weird. Little Red House is not bad, except for the price.
    Little Red House and Jumbo are at East Coast. Very easy to find b’coz they are pretty famous.
    Hope I help you.

  29. water
    December 30th, 2009 at 05:22 | #29

    Ponggol Seafood Resturant at 600th Ponggol Seventeenth Ave by the Marina Country Club,

    chilli and tomatoes paste
    ground dried prawn
    roasted nut

  30. nvms
    December 30th, 2009 at 06:16 | #30

    highly recommand Mellben Seafood at AMK Ave 3 .

  31. Ad
    December 30th, 2009 at 07:15 | #31

    Paradise Restaurant located at Defu Lane 10 (it’s in the middle of an industrial estate)

    There is another place at Still Road (??) not far from Marine Parade. Crabs are good but the stall owners have h*ll of an attitude.

    “No Signboard” Restaurant, there are quite a few locations. The ones in Geylang and at the Esplenade are pretty good.

  32. gneel
    December 30th, 2009 at 07:38 | #32

    My vote goes to 1) No signboard 2) Long Beach

    Dont forget to order the buns (fried or steamed), called ‘mantou’ to go with the gravy. I reckon one of the secret ingredient would be the lemon or lime juice. They give the ‘oomph’ to the dish.

  33. Gwen D
    December 30th, 2009 at 08:00 | #33

    My favourite Chilli Crab is from Mellben Seafood at Block 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. The Crab Bee Hoon (crab with rice noodle in a milky broth) is fabulous too. I think the secret to cooking chilli crab is in the rempah, which should only be grind, painstakingly, using a mortar and pestle. :)

  34. Sandy Bond
    December 30th, 2009 at 09:12 | #34

    There are a few restaurants that serves the best chilli crab. 1) No signboard at Geylang 2) The popular Ang Mo Kio coffeeshop at Block 230 3) Long Beach @ Dempsey

  35. Elle
    December 30th, 2009 at 09:24 | #35

    It has to be LONG BEACH SEAFOOD at Dempsey Hill!!
    When eaten with the small buns…oh….not too spicy ..just the right kinda pinch for me…

  36. Dama anwar
    December 30th, 2009 at 09:25 | #36

    The best chilli crab is, in the restorant called, Jumbo seafood at boat quay.

    Best regards!

  37. Fareastchris
    December 30th, 2009 at 09:43 | #37

    The best I have found is Hua Yu Wee, 462 Upper East Coast Road.

    Great Source for dipping – you can pick your own live crab.

    Kitchens are open for the public to see. Always a plus for me.

    Only problem is their deep fried buns (no pun) have reduced in size so you have to buy more to mop up that fantastic sauce!

    Their drunken prawns is pretty good as well.

    Not a tourist trap either.

    Well worth a trip out.

  38. glennswest
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:25 | #38

    There are “two”.

    #1 Family Choice – Red House at UDMC
    Friend, families, and my boss from US say this is the best
    #2 Businesss Choice – Jumbo Seafood at UDMC

  39. Sarogini P
    December 30th, 2009 at 10:41 | #39

    I have eaten Chilli Crabs in many restaurants in Singapore and I can definitely say that Chilli Crabs served at No Signboard Restaurant is the best. The ingredients used to prepare the crabs are very fresh and I exceptionally feel the taste of prawns in the favouring. You should certainly try them at this restaurant and its value for money. Please also try the white pepper crabs as well.

  40. patrickliew2005
    December 30th, 2009 at 11:12 | #40

    I don’t like the jumbo or long beach version of chilli crab. Think their sauce is too starchy at times.

    Prefer mellben, but would go to mellben toa payoh or pasir ris. This is because the branch at Ang Mo kio (original) is way too crowded and the quality can be inconsistent. Went there on several occasions and on 2-3 occasions the chilli crab were overcooked and had a burnt smell. On other occasions it was ok. So it is miss and hit for ang mo kio branch. A newspaper cutting ever rated the Chilli Crab at Toa Payoh to be better than its parent store in Ang Mo Kio.

  41. Ng Jie Kang
    August 2nd, 2011 at 00:00 | #41

    I love east coach chilli crab,it is fablous

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