8 ways to eat chilli crab without dirtying your hands

No fuss, no muss, and best of all no mess.

Photos: Ilsa Chan
Photos: Ilsa Chan
24 May 2016

Photos: Ilsa Chan

For decades, the only way we’ve known to eat chilli crab is straight from the shell. But now there are many ways to satisfy your crabby craving without getting your hands dirty or burning a hole in your pocket. Here are some of our favourites:

Chilli crab dip
Chilli crab dip
24 May 2016

Chilli crab dip

This is chilli crab for the lazy. Introduced almost ten years ago to attract more locals, the chilli crab dip ($16.50) has become one of Hard Rock Café’s most popular dishes. Thick and more tomatoey than the real deal, the dip, which is filled with bits of crab meat, is perfect for those who can’t handle the heat. It comes served with fried mantou (Chinese buns) or fresh tortilla chips.

Hard Rock Café
26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-209 to 214 The Forum, Singapore 098269
50 Cuscaden Road, #02-01, HPL House, Singapore 249724 (Reopens in September)

Photo: Hard Rock Café

Chilli crab pie
Chilli crab pie
24 May 2016

Chilli crab pie

If you’re not big on gravy, then Group Therapy’s chilli crab pie ($16) would be more suited to your tastes. The crust is thin and every bite of the pie is chock full of crab meat. The filling is moist but not too wet, and the spiciness isn’t overpowering so you can still taste the sweetness of the crab.

Group Therapy
49 Duxton Rd, #02-01, Singapore 089513


Chilli crab bao
Chilli crab bao
24 May 2016

Chilli crab bao

Instead of dipping the mantou in chilli crab, the deep-fried Chinese bun envelopes the crustacean at Bao Makers. One of its best-sellers, the chilli crab bao ($5.80, minimum of two baos per order) is overflowing with sweet and succulent crab meat lightly coated with spicy garlic sauce, which you can add for a bit more punch.

Bao Makers
78 Horne Road, Singapore 209078

Photo: Bao Makers

Chilli crab prata wrap
Chilli crab prata wrap
24 May 2016

Chilli crab prata wrap

Just minutes from Bao Makers is Big Street, where the chilli crab in a prata bag ($80) reigns king. But since that requires digging in with your hands and a party to share, the chilli crab prata ($12.80) is a good alternative to their signature dish. Served in a fluffy prata with gravy-laden chunky crab meat, the wrap is not the most Instagram-worthy but the moreish garlicy sauce is so addictive you wish you had more prata to mop it up. The restaurant opens till 5am so you know where to go if you feel like an indulgent supper.

Big Street
104-106 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208828


Photo: Instagram/@stormscape 

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Chilli crab cheese fries
Chilli crab cheese fries
24 May 2016

Chilli crab cheese fries

If you love chilli crab and fries, then Loof’s chilli crab cheese fries ($14) is a must-try. The fries on its own is already a winner but the chilli crab and cheddar cheese give it a new dimension. Made with Sri Lankan crab, the gravy is a tad salty and spicy (might be too much for chilli wimps) but goes surprisingly well with the cheese. Eat it hot before the fries get soggy.

Loof
331 North Bridge Road, #03-07, Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720


Chilli crab rice dumpling
Chilli crab rice dumpling
24 May 2016

Chilli crab rice dumpling

When we first heard of the chilli crab rice dumpling, we thought it was an ingenious idea to incorporate our national dish into the zong zi. Instead of chunks of crab meat, you get an entire claw in Golden Peony’s chilli crab dumpling ($28). Sweet and tender, the crab is lightly coated with savoury chilli and goes perfectly with the glutinous rice. Dip the crab in the accompanying house-made chilli sauce if you prefer a more tangy and garlicy taste, otherwise it is good on its own.

Golden Peony
2 Temasek Boulevard, Conrad Centennial Hotel Level 3, Singapore 038983. Click here to order.

Photo: Miss Tam Chiak


Chilli crab croissant
Chilli crab croissant
24 May 2016

Chilli crab croissant

Buttery croissant and chilli crab might sound like an unlikely combination but Antoinette hit the jackpot when it married the French and local favourites together. Made from real crab and house-made rempah (spice paste), the chilli crab is slightly sweeter than what we’re used to but no less shiok. The chilli crab croissant ($7.50) is available for a limited period only.

Click here for a list of Antoinette outlets.

Read also: 
The 12 best croissants in Singapore

Chilli crab xiao long bao
Chilli crab xiao long bao
24 May 2016

Chilli crab xiao long bao

First introduced last year for the SG50 celebrations, the crimson chilli crab xiao long bao ($10.80) has since earned a permanent spot on Crystal Jade Xiao Long Bao’s menu. Perfectly steamed with a generous filling of sweet crab meat and minced pork, the delicate dumplings squirt a chilli-infused broth when you bite into them.

Click here for a list of Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao outlets. 

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