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Nov 25, 2011 07:38 PM

Chilli Crab in Toronto

Folks have had a craving for Chilli Crab since I had it on my last trip to Vancouver. Did a search for it on the forum and didn't turn up any results. Would prefer something accessible by TTC.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Hong Kong style 'Typhoon Shelter Crab' - Win's Seafood at 16th and Warden or Fisherman's Clubhouse at Steeles and Brimley

    Vietnamese/Thai style ' Curry Crab' - Saigon Star

    Unfortunately, Singapore style Chili Crab - none that I am aware of.

    However, I would suggest you give 'Gourmet Garden' a call and see whether they would make you one as a special order?!

    5 Replies
    1. re: Charles Yu

      Thanks Charles much appreciated. I was surprised to see it at a menu in Vancouver and even found a place there which would just charge a cooking fee and you could buy your own crab. I wonder if some place does the same here.

      1. re: elvisahmed

        I don't know if they would make chili crab, but "Kaka Lucky Seafood BBQ" near Boradview and Gerrard will cook shellfish that you bring in live. I've bought items from Bill's Lobster and taken it there for cooking. Sometimes I then take it home to eat, and other times I've eaten it in the restaurant.

        Bill's Lobster
        599 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

        1. re: foodyDudey

          Thanks FoodyDudey a friend also recalls seeing it on the Asian Legend menu can anyone chime in if they have tried it?

          1. re: elvisahmed

            Years ago, I had a pseudo-rendition at Asian Legend's Steeles/Victoria Park location. Name was indeed Chili Crab however, preparation was more spicy Szechuan than Singapore style with the crab sauteed in chilies, peppers and 'bean' sauce.
            'Authentic orangy-red colour' Singapore style Chili crab tasted quite complex and is also quite complex to make. Not only does it uses freshly made ketchup and chilly sauce, it also involves using a complicated mixture called ' Rempah ' that comprises of South East Asian Shrimp paste - Benenchan, spices and herbs like Galangal, lemon grass and toasted candle nuts!
            There are indeed restaurants outside of South East Asia that uses a 'cut corner' approach by using simple ingredients like shallots, garlic, bottled tomato ketchup and chilly sauce to make the dish. However, this will for sure incite the wrath of real foodies!!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Well folks after giving up on finding this delicacy I ended up using a Prima Spice Mix bought from T&T and the results were quite good. Will post the results on the cooking forum. Meanwhile here is a pic.