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Singapore Pepper Crab in New York?

Loquax Nov 29, 2007 01:04 PM

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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    Traveling Hound RE: Loquax Nov 29, 2007 01:44 PM

    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.

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      Kanger RE: Loquax Nov 30, 2007 01:31 PM

      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. DaveCook RE: Loquax Dec 3, 2007 09:34 PM

        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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          Lau RE: DaveCook Dec 8, 2007 02:45 PM

          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)

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            DaveCook RE: Lau Dec 9, 2007 04:15 PM

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

            What's your favorite Singaporean spot for chili crab?

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              Lau RE: DaveCook Dec 11, 2007 09:18 PM

              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

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              TipsyMcStagger RE: Lau Dec 12, 2007 05:10 AM

              Lau...I travel to Singapore frequently.

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


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                Lau RE: TipsyMcStagger Dec 12, 2007 11:21 AM

                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

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                  TipsyMcStagger RE: Lau Dec 20, 2007 08:37 PM

                  Thanks for the info!


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            JFores RE: Loquax Dec 4, 2007 12:12 AM

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

            1. financialdistrictresident RE: Loquax Dec 7, 2007 03:10 PM

              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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                DaveCook RE: financialdistrictresident Dec 7, 2007 07:03 PM

                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.

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                  anil RE: DaveCook Dec 8, 2007 03:15 AM

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

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                  Pan RE: financialdistrictresident Dec 12, 2007 12:40 AM

                  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.

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                  kobetobiko RE: Loquax Dec 8, 2007 05:07 AM

                  Singapore Cafe on Mott street have both Singapore Chilli Crab and Pepper Crab on their menu. They use whole Dungeoness Crab, not the small blue crabs. I haven't ordered these two specific dishes so I can't attest to the taste.

                  1. guttergourmet RE: Loquax Dec 9, 2007 05:05 AM

                    Fatty Crab's are work, not a whole lot of crab for the money but delicious nevertheless. The big slabs of white bread on the bottom slathered with the chili sauce are fantastic. If someone filled a bathtub with that sauce I'd dive right in.

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