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Singapore Chili Crab in Vancouver Area

chowtimes Sep 18, 2010 10:35 PM

Say ... does anyone know of any restaurant serving Singapore style chili crab?


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  1. Sam Salmon Sep 18, 2010 11:00 PM

    That's funny I've been wondering the same thing!

    Interesting to see what comes up.

    1. fmed Sep 18, 2010 11:05 PM

      The usual suspects have it - Banana Leaf, Tropika, etc. But I bet that you will not get a better one than if you phone Jamal at Seri Malaysia to tell him that you are bringing over some fresh crab that you sourced yourself. He will ask you to have your purveyor cut it up. (T&T and Chinatown are nearby.)

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      1. re: fmed
        À la carte Sep 18, 2010 11:23 PM

        Hmmm -- maybe its time to get another group together to go there? I vaguely remember someone (fmed, was it you?) suggesting it ... and, frankly, I've been rather disappointed the last couple of visits to SM as the food, particularly the Nasi Goreng Kambing, tasted a bit stale. I wouldn't pass up a chance to taste some more of Jamal's cooking, made fresh.

        1. re: À la carte
          Philx Sep 19, 2010 08:25 AM

          've been rather disappointed the last couple of visits to SM as the food, particularly the Nasi Goreng Kambing, tasted a bit stale.

          I thought it was just me; I could not finish that dish the last time I had it but some of his others like Beef Redang remain strong.

          1. re: Philx
            fmed Sep 19, 2010 08:33 AM

            I haven't ordered the Nasi Goreng Kambing in a while. My usual orders are his Rendang and his Nasi Goreng Kampung which also remain excellent.

            1. re: Philx
              chowtimes Sep 20, 2010 05:53 PM

              He he he ... the food sounds like Jamal -- very temperamental. On a good day and when his heart is in the right place, Jamal shines and has no equal. Some days ... yeah ... it could get disappointing.

              1. re: chowtimes
                fmed Sep 20, 2010 08:19 PM

                Well put, Ben! Jamal and his food has moods.

                1. re: fmed
                  À la carte Sep 20, 2010 08:29 PM

                  Anyone have a Jamal-dar? I was blown away by the food the first couple of times, and disappointed after that ... maybe I'll just pop in to see if he's smiling and beat a hasty retreat if he's not... :-)

                  1. re: À la carte
                    fmed Sep 20, 2010 08:33 PM

                    I'm thinking chwdown. He likes to put on a show. November?

                    1. re: fmed
                      À la carte Sep 20, 2010 08:40 PM

                      YES!! the previous one (was it just last year?) was fantastic.

        2. aussiewonder Sep 20, 2010 02:15 AM

          One of my sales reps was telling me about this place the other day. I vaguely recall passing it, is it on Hastings? How's the roti? Been having a craving.

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          1. re: aussiewonder
            fmed Sep 20, 2010 07:04 AM

            The roti is from frozen at Seri, but it is pretty good - nice and flakey. Just down the road from Seri at Bo Laksa King (Bubbles n Bits) make roti fresh and it is very good.

            1. re: fmed
              farman Sep 20, 2010 11:53 AM

              Ugh, I just can't stand frozen roti canai. I'd rather have no roti canai than frozen personally.

              I was at Banana Leaf (Denman) the other night and thoroughly disappointed. I normally go to one of the Broadway locations, and while neither really blow me away, they're better than no Malaysian food.

              My issues at Denman were mainly the gutting and over simplification of the menu (no chicken rice, no more red snapper), and the really crappy frozen roti canai. The other dishes we got were passable (sole fillet in black peppercorn garlic sauce, eggplant in dried shrimp with basil, nasi goreng), but overall the entire experience left me feeling very sad.

              Banana Leaf
              1096 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2M8, CA

              1. re: farman
                LotusRapper Sep 20, 2010 02:08 PM

                Does Kelong on #3 Road in Richmond serve this dish ?


                1. re: LotusRapper
                  chowtimes Sep 20, 2010 05:44 PM

                  He he he ... I know it's weird answering this question ... but we don't know even though we (Suanne actually) wrote about Kelong. Anyway, I don't have much faith in Kelong able to execute Chili Crab ... Kelong doesn't rank highly in our books.

                  Kelong Restaurant
                  4800 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X1C3, CA

                  1. re: chowtimes
                    LotusRapper Sep 20, 2010 06:39 PM

                    I should have read your *entire* review before even asking about Kelong. Your experience there sounds disappointing. I've only been there twice, both times in the '90s. Kelong was pretty good by my memory, but those were the days before Banana Leaf, and Tropika was still a cozy, tasty (and economical) operation on W. Broadway and Balacava.

                    1. re: LotusRapper
                      chowtimes Sep 20, 2010 07:57 PM

                      Found one!

                      Someone on twitter said that Banana Leaf have them. I went to their website and true enough:

                      Dungeness Crab in Singapore Chili Sauce / $14/lb
                      This is virtually Singapore's national dish, whole crab, shell-on, cooked with chili sauce blended with lemon grass, tomato & egg. (2½ lbs min)

                      A bit expensive though.


                      Banana Leaf
                      820W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Z1J8, CA

                      1. re: chowtimes
                        LotusRapper Sep 20, 2010 10:46 PM

                        Fmed mentioned above Tropika has chili crab too. See:


                        1. re: LotusRapper
                          chowtimes Sep 20, 2010 10:49 PM

                          Hey you are right. Tropika does have a bigger selection of crabs than Banana Leaf. Thanks for calling this out.

                          Banana Leaf
                          820W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Z1J8, CA

                      2. re: LotusRapper
                        grayelf Sep 20, 2010 10:31 PM

                        Oh, how I miss that Tropika! They had some mighty fine roti canai (might have been the first place I had it?!) and of course the sambal bunchies rocked. And the eggplant with dried shrimp. Drooool.... so much better than the other Tropikas, no?

                        1. re: grayelf
                          LotusRapper Sep 20, 2010 10:45 PM

                          One of the most memorable meals Mrs. LR and I had at the orig. Tropika location (convenient, as we lived on 8th/Collingwood) was when we each ordered our *own* KL crab (his & hers, how chic), shared roti canai for carb, and sambal kangkong as veggie. We almost had to crawl out of there (or staff call an ambulance, lol).

              2. re: aussiewonder
                chowtimes Sep 20, 2010 05:49 PM

                Hi aussiewonder: For roti, the Kurumba restaurant in Port Moody is worth a check. I like it a lot and I can bet you that they make it fresh. Very flaky and the curry is spicy. Ben

                Kurumba Restaurant
                , Port Moody, BC V3H, CA

              3. LotusRapper Sep 20, 2010 11:08 PM

                Cue to 8:44 .........

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