Chilli Crab is one of the iconic “national dish” of Singapore, characterised by that sweet, spicy and savoury sauce.
You would find this chilli crab sauce component being added to pasta, buns to tendon, and “Chilli Crab Pasta” is becoming a popular localised dish you can find in many cafes around.
Something we can say is quite “uniquely Singapore”.
Here are 10 places you can find Chilli Crab Pasta in Singapore:
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Tel: +65 8444 1148
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 9pm (Fri – Sun)
Tucked within the lush foliage of the Ginger Garden, The Halia at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of the first restaurants in Singapore to showcase modern European cuisine with Asian influences.
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens was one of the very first to pioneer the signature Chilli Crab Spaghettini ($26), all the way back in 2005.
Inspired by the famous Singaporean dish, the chefs found the right balance of keeping the spiciness level manageable for international guests, while not losing its flavours of sweet and tangy.
The Pier at Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd, #01-7 8/9, Singapore 239013
Tel: +65 6363 9966
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Lè Fusion is a modern Chinese cuisine restaurant and bar in the hip Mohamed Sultan area, located near the iconic Singapore River.
What I enjoyed about their Soft Shell Chilli Crab Pasta ($26) was that there were many pieces of crispy soft shell crabs (and not just one or two) and the pasta was al dente with a chewy bite.
Sauce was not too spicy at all, with the right amount of consistency after a good toss.
Note: They also serve up a Trio Pasta ($34), a 3-in-1 pasta dish crafted three ways which showcases green pesto, red chili crab, and black squid ink flavours. The chilli crab part is still my favourite.
62 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199478
Tel: +65 6352 6651
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 11:30am – 12am (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon
The Halal dining place seems to be able to capture the sweet spot with the provision of Western favourites and Asian comfort food, in an almost-hipster environment.
The Chilli Crab Pasta ($15.90) with generous servings of jumbo crab meat and trout roe, complete with a flowy poached egg, was tastily spicy.
Nassim Hill Bakery & Bistro
56 Tanglin Rd, #01-03, Singapore 247964
Tel: +65 6835 1128
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Nassim Hill Bakery’s Chilli Crab Pasta ($17, $25 for full size) is one for those who like spice, with spaghetti cooked in glorious, homemade chilli crab sauce.
The sauce is stir-fried with chilli padi, bringing out the spice and flavour, with a hint of sweetness.
The pasta dish is then topped with generous portion of jumbo lump crab meat.
Tip: Order some fries to mop up the remaining sauce.
Tampines Walk, Our Tampines Hub #01-84, Singapore 529684
Tel: +65 6222 2006
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Running successfully for more than 20 years, this Halal-certified restaurant serves up Western dishes such as pastas with Eastern flavours.
The pasta dishes are included with interesting flavours from teriyaki, tom yam, sambal, curry, Szechuan, to chilli crab.
Featured in “Our Makan Places: Lost and Found”, I can see why the Soft-Shell Chili Crab ($12.80) comes highly recommended.
It was a moderately fiery dish of pasta cooked with fresh chili padi and zesty tomato paste, included with crisp soft-shell crab. Just check out the size of that crab.
Good to know: This social enterprise restaurant is employing, supporting, and training women from all walks of life who face challenges at work and at home.
2 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-5148, Singapore 150002
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Carrara’s signature Chilli Crabs Pasta ($17.90) offers a variety of seafood such as prawns, white clams, squid and blue swimmer crab meat, instead of the usual deep-fried soft shell crab.
The crab meat is sautéed with butter to give it a buttery fragrance.
The pasta sauce contained generous amounts of silky egg beaten into the homemade chilli sauce to give it more texture.
I also noted that it didn’t have that much sauce as it was a drier version, but didn’t quite mind it as the pasta was still very flavourful.
28 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 152028
Tel: +65 6265 7368
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Refuel Café can be found at 744 Bedok Reservoir Road and 28 Jalan Bukit Merah, but this dish is only available at the Bukit Merah branch.
The Double Chilli Crab Pasta ($14.90) is called “double” because there are both flaky crab meat and crispy soft shell crab, in a spicy, creamy and eggy tomato base sauce. Good to know that the soft shell crab is first fried with a special spice coating.
Noticed that they gave quite a lot of sauce, and it was strong in flavours, from the tomato-tanginess, sweetness, to the spicy kick.
Would have preferred chunkier crab meat for better bite and a lighter sauce, but it is a not-bad version for its price point.
28 Lor Ampas, Singapore 328781
Tel: +65 6254 9128
Opening Hours: 10:30pm – 3pm, 5pm – 9pm (Tues – Fri), 10:30am – 9pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Wheeler’s Yard is the ‘world’ where bicycles, coffee, food and all things vintage meet.
Located right along the Whampoa park connector, this is the ‘hidden’ cafe cum bicycle workshop, known for the entrance where almost every visitor would take that token #OOTD shot.
The Chilli Crab Pasta ($18.90) which was introduced as a National Day special became a big hit with customers, and was subsequently added permanently into the menu.
Using real crab meat and egg, the sauce was cooked with the right amount of sweetness and spiciness, served with a whole softshell crab.
510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983 (Within Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
GRUB located in the scenic Bishan Park, is known for its Western style dishes with a local twist.
Its Chilli Crab Pasta ($19) contained linguine tossed in spicy chili crab sauce, topped with one whole crispy soft-shelled crab.
The sauce was towards the spicy side, with no tomato sauce added.
8A Marina Blvd, B2-11 Marina Bay Link Mall at Marina Bay Financial Centre, Singapore 018984
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun
When you are at Marina Bay Link Mall (MBLM) and need to fuel up, head off to the new Infinity Café for a hearty meal.
For a fiery pasta, go for their popular Spicy Crab Diablo ($18), inspired by the iconic Singapore Chilli Crab Pasta.
Using fettucine as the pasta ribbons of choice, they add fresh crab meat, garlic, purple onions, tomatoes, basil, and the ingredient that gives that local-spicy twist – sambal chilli.
The slight heat combines with the tartness of tomatoes, while sprinkles of cured egg (egg yolk cured for a week with bonito flakes) impart that mild smoky flavour.
Infinity Café Promotion: 1-For-1 Pasta (Valid from 1 – 31 Oct 2020.)
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