Chili Crab at Jumbo Seafood
The majority of America is going to drink the day away celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and I'm sitting here reminiscing about the chili crab sauce at Jumbo Seafood back in Singapore.
Chili crab is a popular dish in Singapore that every visitor must have and every local has had. This pricey dish that's found in numerous seafood restaurants today bloomed from a lady's little pushcart back in the 1950's that sold crab stir fried with tomato and chili sauce. I wonder how much that cost...
Asking around, it seems like everyone has their own idea of where to get THE BEST chili crab, but Jumbo Seafood was almost always mentioned. So we went. Only to be told by the waitress that they had Australian, Sri Lankan and Canadian crab, and they were only serving their Canadian crabs. WHAT?! I was so looking forward to a delicious, green-tinted Sri Lankan crab that had fed on its share of fresh mussels. What a disappointment to get a cheap Canadian crab, but at least they were honest about it.
Before we started, we were given the cutest bibs. And when we started feasting, we knew exactly why we got the bibs; in fact, I wish they were of better quality because my hands were covered in the tomato-based chili sauce. As we cracked away at the crab legs, our efforts were greeted with tasteless crab meat that I smothered with the thick, sweet, slightly spicy and savory sauce. Wow. They should have just cooked crab meat that had been extracted from the shell in the sauce to save us the trouble. But I guess presentation matters sometimes.
- Make sure you make a reservation, especially if you are going for dinner on a weekend. The Riverfront location gets crowded, and there aren't even seats on the river!
- If you are looking for a better quality crab, go elsewhere. But the sauce is definitely worth it.
- You can buy the chili sauce from Jumbo! Stock up.
- Order the little toasted buns to dip into the chili - they are really yummy!
- The lemon water there is for you to wash your hands. Don't drink it.