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5 Crab and Seafood Restaurants In Singapore Perfect For Your Next Family Dinner

Crabs, seafood, and zi char (home-style cooked dishes) are a much-loved Singaporean classic, never failing to warm the heart and satisfy the stomach.

And we bring you the best of the best:


1. Diamond Kitchen

image: Diamond Kitchen’s Facebook page

It may be housed in an unlikely location ─ inside an old condominium estate ─ but the crab dishes here will give big name chains a good run for their money.

The usual favourites like chilli crab and pepper crab options are here, but if you’re partial to spicy food, head straight for the Gan Xiang Crab, which literally translates to “dry and fragrant crabs”. This Malaysian style of cooking tosses the crabs in a dry spice paste of curry powder, hae bee hiam (dried shrimp sambal), lemongrass, and tau cheo (fermented soy bean paste).

#01-22/23 Laguna Park Condominum, 5000F Marine Parade Road, Singapore 449289
Website: http://diamondkitchen.com.sg

2. JB Ah Meng Kitchen

image: @alicewwp

The sprawl of tables along the alleyway brings back fond childhood memories of tucking into zi char feasts around Geylang’s many food-centric lorongs.

The specialty is the White Pepper Crab ─ aromatic with slow-burning heat. The crabs here are a little smaller, but very fresh and meaty, and we love that the thinner shells are easier to crack/chomp too.

And please do yourself a favour and order the JB San Lou Meehoon. The wok hei (aroma from wok-frying) alone is enough to make us swoon.

2 Lor 23 Geylang, Singapore 388353

3. Melben Seafood

image: @itsjustterence

Melben Seafood is notorious for their crazy long queues, but trust us, the crab dishes here are totally worth it.

Our favourite is the Claypot Crab Vermicelli Soup; the broth alone is such a winner because it’s so flavourful and rich. The crabs here are on the large side, so it’s best to head down in a group of at least four to share. All the better to try the other zi char classics too, really.

Various locations
Website: http://www.melben.com.sg/

4. Master Crab Seafood Restaurant

image: @thefoodinterview

This friendly neighbourhood zi char joint is a bit of an insiders’ secret. True to their name, crabs are the sea creatures of choice here ─ super fresh and expertly stir-fried.

But if you must choose just ONE crab dish, go for the Salted Egg Yolk Crab. It’s saucy, high on the umami factor, with just a faint spiciness for oomph. Ooh, and get the fried mantou (buns) to mop up every last bit.

#01-229, 19 Ghim Moh Rd, Singapore 270019
Website: http://bigeater.com.sg/

5. Harvest of the Sea buffet dinner, Concorde Hotel

image: singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com

Free-flow crabs, need we say more? They’ve got the whole gamut of styles ─ chilli crab, black pepper crab, salted egg yolk crab etc ─ cooked upon order, so everyone can feast on their personal favourites. How’s that for avoiding familial arguments?

100 Orchard Rd. Singapore 238840
Website: http://singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com/news/harvest-of-the-sea

By Mia Chenyze, HerWorldPlus, 28 March 2016

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