Where To Eat The Best Chili Crab in Singapore
When I travel, I try as much local food as possible. That’s why in Singapore, I absolutely had to try the iconic Chili Crab. There are countless places that offer this savory Singaporean dish. However, when you ask a local where they serve the most delicious crab dish, the name JUMBO most certainly comes up first. You won’t be surprised that I, too, checked out JUMBO Seafood‘s signature Singaporean Chili Crab, the best Chili Crab in Singapore.
Here’s why you must eat Chili Crab At Jumbo Seafood in Singapore
What is Chili Crab?
A dish of true Singaporean origin, the Chili Crab combines flavors and cooking techniques of all the main ethnic groups of the country, Chinese, Malay, and Indian. Stir-fried mud crabs are cooked in a thick, tomato and chili-based sauce – but don’t worry, the dish is not that spicy at all. The story goes that in 1956, a couple selling food on a pushcart improvised with a crab recipe adding chili sauce creating the iconic Singaporean meal. Today, Singaporean Chili Crab has become so popular, that it was even listed as number 35 of the World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.
What Is Jumbo Seafood?
How is the food?
Besides the Chilli Crab with Deep Fried Mini Buns, I also ordered their signature dishes Deep Fried Prawns with Cereal and Crispy-Fried Baby Squid, which arrived before the main dish. I never had baby squid before and was surprised that I liked the taste. Crispy and sweet, the dish was a great appetizer. I’m a big fan of prawns so I was very excited to try JUMBO’s Golden Salted Egg Prawns. They were cooked to perfection and the batter was crunchy, yet easy to bite.
I was excited when the star of the evening finally appeared on our table. A whole crab covered in delicious tomato and chili sauce was waiting for my taste buds and I quickly learned Singaporean Chili Crab etiquette. First, you take the bread, break it in half and dip it generously into the savory sauce. Then, you start eating the crab. I was surprised to learn that I had to use my hands to eat, which felt awkward at first in such a nice restaurant. However, I got soon used to the delicious messiness and enjoyed every bite of the flavorful crab.
I recommend making a reservation as JUMBO is almost always full. If you don’t book your table in advance you’re going to have to wait for a while.
Visit JUMBO Seafood For Chili Crab When In Singapore!
I can highly recommend JUMBO’s Chili Crab for its rich flavors and excellent service. I was pleasantly surprised about Singapore’s most famous fish. Be sure to visit one of the five outlets of JUMBO around Singapore or stop by their restaurant in Shanghai or Beijing!
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