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Nov 29, 2007 01:04 PM

Singapore Pepper Crab in New York?

Does anyone know if its possible to get Singapore Pepper Crab in New York? I know Fatty Crab does a Chili Crab, but have not tried it. Any good?


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  1. I too, am having a craving for good crabs. Tried the Fatty Crab a couple of weeks ago; they use the right spices and seasoning, but really overdo it; way too salty. Looking forward to the suggestions here, especially for the West Village and beyond.

    1. I thought the chili crab at Fatty Crab was pretty good, but I agree with Traveling Hound on the salt. Also, we didn't get nutcrackers!

      1. I haven't had that particular dish at Skyway, but I've heard good things.

        11 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

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        1. re: DaveCook

          i've tried it there...the sauce is pretty good, but the crabs are small and dont have much meat at all. That said its not even close to the real thing (i used to live in singapore and i used to frequent the best chili crab place in singapore weekly)

          1. re: Lau

            Thanks for the word; perhaps that sauce is put to other good uses.

            What's your favorite Singaporean spot for chili crab?

            1. re: DaveCook

              ive never had an even reasonable rendition in NY....if you fine one PLEASE let me know

              I've been meaning to try fatty crab as they do bill themselves as a chilli crab place, but from what ive heard its not bad, but not close to the real thing

            2. re: Lau

              Lau...I travel to Singapore frequently.

              Where is "the best chili crab place in Singapore."


              1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                eng seng restaurant on the corner of joo chiat place and still road...way better than any of the east coast places and better than no sign board as well

                also, as a tip get there early (like 5) or call and reserve crabs ahead of time...very helpful to speak chinese as they do not speak english very well. Also, the food generally is very good there, two of my other favorite dishes are baby kai lon and this fish cake you tiao thing, i forgot what its called in chinese, but its basically a you tiao with a fish cake running through the middle and they dab a bit of the asian mayo on it (i hate mayo, but i can deal with it on this)

                get chili and black pepper crab (both are good) and dont forget to ask for white bread to sop up the chili sauce

          2. While not being strictly Singaporean, there are crab buckets at Congee House.

            1. I have not had chili crab, pepper crab or fish head curry in NYC. Had them all in Singapore years ago. I did see fish head curry on the menu of a restaurant in Chinatown (maybe on Doyer not far from Doyer's Vietnamese). Maybe they would have other Singaporean dishes like pepper crab?

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              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                You're thinking of a walkdown restaurant on Doyers (though they do have a small street-level cafe) by the name of Sanur, and you're right, fish heads make several appearances on the menu:


                They also offer "crab in special sauce," but I can't imagine they'd gussy up a well-known name like chili crab or pepper crab if they were offering the real deal.

                1. re: DaveCook

                  IT is a malay restaurant. Chilli Crabs can be had also at New Malaysia and Jaya ? on Baxter.

                2. re: financialdistrictresident

                  Excellent curry, asam and curry asam fish head casseroles at Skyway. Well, truth be told, I think I've only had the curry asam fish head casserole a couple of times, because it was so good.