Chili Crab (Singaporean Cuisine)


Chili Crab is a dish that stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and a little bit savoury tomato and it is chili based sauce. Even the dish is named as Chili Crab it is not very spicy dish. Did you know that it is listed as
World’s 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011 and ranking on 35th?

Here is some of history. In 1956, Cher Yam Tian and her husband is selling stir-fried crabs that has a recipe of chilli and tomato sauce in their pushcart. This was just improvised and become popular food in Singapore and evolved until the bottled chili sauce has been created.

Chili Crab has been promoted by the Singapore Tourism Board and their one of the National Dishes, which can only be found in the seafood restaurants.

It is traditionally eaten with bare hands because the crabs are served as a whole and it is hard to use utensils since the shell of the crabs are hard. The juicy, sweet and spicy of this dish is very delicious.

If you want to get a copy of this dish here are the ingredients.


1large mud crab (cleaned)
2 brown onions, roughly chopped
8 small red chillies, chopped
125 ml vegetable oil
3 tsp shrimp paste (belacan)
250 ml tomato (puree)
60 ml (¼ cup) soy sauce
55 g (¼ cup) sugar
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp vinegar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp corn flour or potato starch (mixed in 125ml water)
1 egg, lightly beaten
coriander leaves (for garnish)


Remove the top shell of the crabs and chop the crab into quarter.
Crack the claw of the crabs so that the flavour of the crabs will penetrate.
In a food processor, put onion and chilli and puree.
Heat the oil over medium heat.
Add the puree onion and chilli and shrimp paste.
Simmer for 6-7 minutes.
Add the tomato puree, soy sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar and salt.
Bring to boil.
Add crabs pieces and cook.
Cover for about 8-10 minutes and stir occasionally.
When the crab turns red, stir thoroughly and add egg and toss lightly to coat.
Serve. (Garnish with coriander leaves)

It is a bit hard to cook but easy to understand and follow the direction. You have to choose the freshest crabs so that you can have the perfect dish and you can taste the Singaporeans’ one of the famous dish they have. Happy Eating to Everyone.!!!
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