Top 10 Best Chilli Crab in Singapore
Chilli crab is a Southeast Asian seafood dish. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato-and-chilli-based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish. It is listed at number 35 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods list compiled by CNN Go in 2011. Tropika Club aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Chilli Crab in Singapore.
- 1. Red House Seafood Restaurant
- 2. Blue Lotus (Sentosa Cove)
- 3. Hua Yu Wee
- 4. Jumbo Seafood (East Coast)
- 5. Seafood Paradise
- 6. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant
- 7. Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant
- 8. Roland Restaurant
- 9. No Signboard Seafood
- 10. TungLok Seafood
- 11. Restaurant Labyrinth
- 12. Dragon Phoenix Restaurant
- 13. Ban Leong Wah Hoe
- 14. Legacy Seafood
- 15. Kian Seng Seafood
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1. Red House Seafood Restaurant
Introduction: Established in 1976, Red House Seafood is one of Singapore’s oldest seafood restaurants and is synonymous with Singapore cuisine. Over the years, the restaurant has evolved with the country’s growth and identity, representing the palette of flavours that reflect Singapore’s cultural diversity.
Offerings: Since 1976, their chilli crab has always been consistent throughout – the recipe has never been changed. The Chilli Crab sits on a sweeter, tomato-based-egg-y gravy, yet without the use of much spices, you can still feel the heat under your tongue. This eggy chilli sauce compliments really well with their fried mantou too. It’s finger-licking good!
Location: 68 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188661
Contact: +65 6336 6080
2. Blue Lotus (Sentosa Cove)
Introduction: Blue Lotus is the brainchild of Ricky Ng who has a penchant for injecting contemporary styles into traditional Chinese cuisine and local favourites. Since the restaurant’s opening in 2013, their bestselling chilli crab has been consumed over a hundred thousand times!
Offerings: Game enough to challenge the ‘chilli gods’? Come try out the Blue Lotus Signature Chilli Pomelo Crab. The crab is fresh and the sauce is fantastic at the given spice level and served with pillow-soft mantou. Their chilli sauce is a concoction of chopped herbs and spices such as curry leaves and lemongrass, with just enough chilli to give it fire without scorching your tongue.
Location: 31 Ocean Way, #01-13 Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375
Contact: +65 6339 0880
3. Hua Yu Wee
Introduction: Hua Yu Wee is an old school Tze Char housed in a Colonial bungalow along upper East Coast Road. The restaurant is known for its nostalgic feel and pocket friendly Tze Char dishes.
Offerings: Hua Yu Wee’s Chilli Crab is one of the diner’s favourite versions of the iconic Singapore dish. The sweet and succulent crab meat is served with thick spicy sauce. It has the layers of taste and you can dip the remaining sauce with their crisp fried mantous.
Location: 462 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 466508
Contact: +65 6442 9313
4. Jumbo Seafood (East Coast)
Introduction: Jumbo Seafood is one of the best chilli crab restaurant in Singapore. The restaurant started in 1987 and garnered a reputation for serving only the freshest seafood cooked to perfection.
Offerings: Ready to try the Award-Winning Chilli Crab in Jumbo Seafood? They serve up XL crabs with sweet and spicy sauce – the sweet scent will linger in the mouth for that extra taste. Best part of it all, the crab meat is succulent! The best highlight is their fried mantou – a perfect match with the chilli crab sauce.
Location: Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway, #01-07/08, East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449883
Contact: +65 6442 3435
5. Seafood Paradise
Introduction: Seafood Paradise was the first restaurant opened by Paradise Group and set the foundations for the restaurant group’s growth and expansion into a selection of culinary restaurants catering to both the local and international market.
Offerings: Seafood Paradise offers Singapore Style Chilli Sri Lankan Crab to all their diners. They use fresh and sweet crab meat, served with thick chilli sauce by using aromatics such as curry leaves, white pepper, lemongrass, and chilli padi. The sauce comes with a fine balance of spiciness, sweetness and savouriness. The sweet and spicy chilli crab gravy goes perfectly with their fried mantous.
Location: 8 Bayfront Avenue, #02-03, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018955
Contact: +65 6688 7051
6. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant
Introduction: Long Beach Seafood Restaurant is one of the Singapore’s leading seafood restaurant and also granted to be the highest rank of seafood feast, especially for chilli seafood lovers.
Offerings: Up for a good dose of spice? Long Beach Seafood Restaurant offers one of the hottest chilli crabs in Singapore with the spicy kick standing out and complementing the sweetness of the sauce. Their chilli crabs are served with a perfectly coated layer of fragrant and delicious chilli sauce, and coupled with the tasty fresh-flesh, it is simply heavenly! Dip the fried mantous into the sauce for that extra taste.
Location: 25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670
Contact: +65 6323 2222
7. Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant
Introduction: Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant started the business since 1956. Ranked among the city’s Most Popular list, and has garnered various awards including Outstanding Service, Chef of the Year, Top 10 Best Dish from Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Tatler and other noteworthy food blogs.
Offerings: For the chilli crab in Palm Beach Seafood, their chef will steamed up a crab, and tossed it in a savoury chilli and tomato sauce.
Location: 1 Fullerton Road, #01-09, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Contact: +65 6336 8118
8. Roland Restaurant
Introduction: Roland Restaurant is a 18-year-old home-grown restaurant, which is best known for its chilli crab, is steeped in Singapore’s seafood restaurant history.
Offerings: Go on and try the highest ranking on the must-eat lists of many tourists and local foodies – Local Chilli Crab in Roland Restaurant. Their chilli crabs are served with mildly spicy and sweet chilli sauce. Mantou is serve together with the Chilli Crab and it goes perfectly well with their sauce. Love it.
Location: Blk 89 Marine Parade Central, #06-750, Singapore 440089
Contact: +65 6440 8205
9. No Signboard Seafood
Introduction: In the late 1970s, they started their stall at the Mattar Rd Hawker Centre without a signboard which sells three crabs a day. Founder, Mdm Ong prepared a recipe for the white pepper crab and it became a success through word of mouth. Today, No Signboard is at the top list of the best places to enjoy Singapore favourite food – the chilli crab.
Offerings: No Signboard Seafood’s signature dish is none other than their chilli crab. The crab meat is sweet, firm and well-matched with their special made chilli gravy – a right balance of chilli, tomato and egg. Perfect match with their fried mantous and white pillow-y soft sponge bread.
Location: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #04-63, The Central, Singapore 059817
Contact: +65 6221 9959
10. TungLok Seafood
Introduction: Offering you the freshest catch to welcome seafood lovers from all parts of Singapore, TungLok Seafood specialises in the best of Singapore-style seafood prepared with the quality and standards synonymous with the TungLok brand.
Offerings: TungLok Seafood serves the freshest crab meat with their sauce infused with orange juice and tomato sauce to create a finger-licking good gravy for a unique flavour profile. It is perfect for slurping up with mantou.
Location: 181 Orchard Road, #11-05, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Contact: +65 6834 4888
11. Restaurant Labyrinth
Introduction: Labyrinth, a multi-award winning F&B chain (including Michelin Guide on 2017 & 2018) by Chef LG Han, is a new expression of Singapore cuisine. It is an exploration of age-old recipes, and an expression of local flavours and food memories. Chef LG Han unveils a contemporary dining experience that pays tribute to Singapore and his late grandmother, evoking a multitude of memories and emotions.
Offerings: Labyrinth’s menu features signature dishes such as Chilli Crab, or deep fried soft shell crab served with a scoop of chilli crab ice cream. This is definitely one of the unique features Labyrinth has to offer!
Location: 8 Raffles Avenue, #02-23, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Contact: +65 6223 4098
12. Dragon Phoenix Restaurant
Introduction: Dragon Phoenix Restaurant was established in 1963 by Master Chef Hooi Kok Wai, who is considered as one of the Singapore’s “Four Heavenly Chefs”. He first created Singapore’s First Chili Crab, Phoenix Spring Chicken, Yam Basket, and Kyoto Pork Ribs. Today, these dishes have become the standard menu items in most Chinese eating establishments.
Offerings: The famous sweet, spicy and sour chilli crab dish was created by masterchef of Dragon Phoenix in 1963. This chilli crab recipe includes gravy with tomato paste, sambal, and eggs, instead of bottled tomato and chilli sauce.
Location: 177A River Valley Road, #06-00, Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore 179031
Contact: +65 6339 3368
13. Ban Leong Wah Hoe
Introduction: Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant was founded in 1986 by Mr Teh Chor Joo. It started as a economic rice stall for several years before taking the form of a tze char stall. Its famous savoury dishes of chilli crab, black pepper crab, har cheong gai and birthday noodles have delighted families for more than 30 years, and words have spread that Ban Leong is a hidden gem in Upper Thomson and north of Singapore.
Offerings: Ban Leong Wah Hoe must-try Chilli Crab is stewed in a thick smooth savoury sweet spicy sauce held together with eggs. The crabs are air-flown from East Java, Indonesia. Dip the fried mantous into their sauce for a savoury experience. Yummy!
Location: 122 Casuarina Rd, Singapore 579510
Contact: +65 6452 2824
14. Legacy Seafood
Introduction: At Legacy Seafood, it is always about good times and fantastic food. You will find your all-time favourites while discovering brand new concoctions that will tingle your tastebuds! Fall in love with their home style signature dishes, and create new memories with their famous crab dishes!
Offerings: Legacy Seafood offers a plate of Chilli Crab which is served with fresh juicy crabs coated in a thick and sweet chilli sauce. It also comes with a plate of tasty fried mantou which is simply delicious! One bite and you will crave for more.
Location: 10 Science Centre Rd, #01-23, Singapore 609079
Contact: +65 6897 2881
15. Kian Seng Seafood
Introduction: Kian Seng Restaurant was set up in the 1960s, and it was previously located in Yio Chu Kang Stadium. As he was unable to further his work at Yio Chu Kang, he decided to get another branch at Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 1, which is now known as Kian Seng Seafood Restaurant Pte Ltd – the focus on the new restaurant.
Offerings: If you are a big-eater, you are in the right place. Their crab is served as a whole (including huge crab claws), and the gravy is thick and sweet, with a mild aroma coming off the crab. They also served up big sized mantous to go with the sauce.
Location: Blk 4013 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-450, Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 1, Singapore 569629
Contact: +65 6458 2552 / +65 6481 3783
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