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Singaporean chili crabs?

seedling Mar 6, 2008 03:19 PM

Does anyone know where to get great Singaporean-style chili crabs or pepper crabs? I had the most amazing chili crabs in Singapore and am now craving them. Help!

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  1. Perceptor RE: seedling Mar 6, 2008 03:38 PM

    O seedling.... thats something i would fly to singapore for.....
    theres nothing close to the real thing in LA (No Signboard in Singapore does amazing chili crab).

    Belacan Grill does a version of it. It doesn't do the trick for me but at least they are trying. http://www.belacangrill.com/

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    1. re: Perceptor
      mstinawu RE: Perceptor Mar 6, 2008 03:52 PM

      I've never been to Singapore, but Belacan Grill is great!

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        bulavinaka RE: Perceptor Mar 6, 2008 06:01 PM

        And pepper crab as well at No Signboard... We've had a couple of quite decent renditions of pepper crab and lobster down in the Westminster area... Can't remember the name of the place but it's a Chinese-style seafood resto in a shopping center off Bolsa if I remember correctly... Maybe Das Ubergeek can chime in...

        1. re: bulavinaka
          ns1 RE: bulavinaka Mar 6, 2008 06:18 PM

          dragon phoenix across from asian garden mall?

          No idea what a pepper crab is. Is that salt + pepper crab? Because if so pretty much every respectable chinese restaurant in/around little saigon does it...

          1. re: ns1
            Lau RE: ns1 Mar 8, 2008 07:22 PM

            no it should be called black pepper crab (its one of the signature Singaporean dishes), its large crabs from sri lanka that are covered in a thick black pepper sauce. There are two main singaporean crab dishes one is chili crab, which is the same crabs covered in a red chili sauce with egg in it and the other is black pepper crab, which i just described.

            The restaurant in singapore that is referred to by the earlier post ("No Sign Board Restaurant") also has a white pepper crab, which is in a self described white pepper sauce....(a discussion for another time, but Eng Seng in Singapore blows away all competition)

          2. re: bulavinaka
            Das Ubergeek RE: bulavinaka Mar 6, 2008 06:24 PM

            I can't think of a Chinese place that stands out on Bolsa... do you mean Furiwa on Brookhurst?

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              bulavinaka RE: Das Ubergeek Mar 8, 2008 04:52 PM

              Hi Das, it is set back in the corner of the shopping center - not visible from the street... I think it was Bolsa and Magnolia... It's Vietnamese-owned, but the food has a strong Chinese influence to it... Sorry I can't recall the name or more details...

              1. re: bulavinaka
                Das Ubergeek RE: bulavinaka Mar 8, 2008 08:05 PM

                We were just at Bolsa and Magnolia -- looking for pitaya and getting che. I didn't see a Chinese-type restaurant... though across Bolsa and east a bit is a place called Royal something-or-other that looked like your typical Cantonese seafood hall.

        2. The Chowhound Team RE: seedling Mar 7, 2008 07:20 AM

          We have split a request for a recipe for chili crabs into a new thread on our Home Cooking board. The new thread can be found here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/496689

          1. Tapeworm RE: seedling Mar 8, 2008 07:54 PM

            Tropika in Tustin has chili crab on their menu. I don't know how good it is though.


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              hobbess RE: Tapeworm Sep 3, 2008 10:10 PM

              There are different variations and flavor profiles for chili crab, but to me, I found Tropika's too sweet for my tastes and not spicy at all. In general, Tropika adjusts the flavors and heat of its dishes to make their approachable for Amerrcan diners.

              And, Tropika doesn't give you bread either to soak up the sauce.

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