At Long Last, Chili Crab

August 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

For months before we went to Singapore, our friend Nimesh (who moved there) constantly raved about their signature dish- chili crab. All of our friends who went to visit him did the same thing, raved and raved about this crab dish! So on our first night, a chili crab feast was in order. We ordered one chili crab, as well as a white pepper crab and black pepper crab. The chili crab was delicious, but I also really enjoyed the black pepper crab. It was surprisingly smokey in flavor. Oh, and were these crabs meaty! A far cry from skimpy Maryland crabs. They had claws the size of lobsters.

One of the best parts of the whole dish were these little balls of lightly sweetened fried dough, which you use to dip in the sauce and, I suppose, help cut the spice. They were so uniformly shaped too, which made them that much more appetizing.

Along with the crab, we also got some clams. These were spicier! Suffice it to say I was a bit of a sweaty mess by the end of the meal. It doesn’t help that they don’t provide napkins at restaurants in Singapore. It became very clear on this trip that I use a lot of napkins. After our first day I took to carrying tissues in my purse at all times!

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§ 2 Responses to At Long Last, Chili Crab

  • The Japanese are not big on napkins either but we like wet towels as you may have noticed…

    The crabs and the clams look great.

  • Glad you visited and enjoyed one of our best dishes! The next time you’re back, visit a hawker centre, where it’s like a huge buffet line of all kinds of local specialties 🙂

    Haha, restaurants do provide napkins – depends on how upmarket they are. In any case, tissues are a must because of our humidity!] Seafood restaurants like No Signboard typically provide wet, sealed napkins, as well as bowls of lemon-infused water for washing fingers after struggling with the food :p

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