Some of the best places to lap up this stunning creation include No Signboard Seafood Restaurant, Jumbo Seafood and Long Beach Seafood at the East Coast Lagoon Food Village which sits right by the beach at East Coast Park. Other unique locations for seafood are Long Beach Seafood at Dempsey 长堤海鲜楼(邓布西山), Palm Beach Seafood at One Fullerton 棕榈滩海鲜坊(浮尔顿一号) and Singapore Seafood Republic at Resorts World Sentosa 新加坡海鲜共和国新加坡圣淘沙名胜世界. What makes this dish so special is its sensuous, sweet yet savoury sauce, created with a base of chilli and tomato sauces which will electrify your palate and satisfy your taste buds.
The red-tangy sauce is made deliciously fragrant with light flavourings of garlic and rice vinegar, while thickening flour and egg ribbons (produced by adding beaten eggs towards the end of the cooking process) give the chilli crab dish the fluffy texture it’s known for.
For extra oomph, order some mantou (toasted buns) to scoop up the thick gravy, which will leave you hankering for more. While mud crabs are commonly used in the preparation of this dish, other varieties such as the soft-shell crab can also be used. If you’re a fan of seafood, this is one dish that you must chase after while you’re here in Singapore.
Alternatively, head towards Joo Chiat to a coffeeshop called Eng Seng Restaurant for its sister dish, the black pepper crab. Coffeeshops are not cafés, but smallish outlets consisting of hawker stalls found throughout Singapore.