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No trip to Singapore is complete without a taste of chilli crab. One of the foodie city's international claim to fame, chilli crabs see the meaty crustaceans served in a sweet and spicy gravy and served with fried buns for dipping. Because seafood can get really expensive here, we recommend playing it safe with JUMBO Seafood. With five outlets in Singapore, the restaurant turns out consistently tasty crabs, and has even won several awards for it! Prices fluctuate according to market rates, but as a gauge, expect to pay about S$70 for 1kg of crabs. JUMBO's take on the chilli crab hits the mark with super fresh crabs and a sauce that is well-balanced, albeit on the slightly spicy side. To truly enjoy this dish, tear apart the Deep-Fried Mini Buns (known as mantou, $0.70 each) and dunk them in the luscious gravy. While you're here, also try the Pepper Crabs (market price), where the crustaceans are tossed in an aromatic black pepper sauce — the dish is not as saucy as the chilli crabs, but the black pepper flavour is stunning. Let loose and suck unabashedly on the the crab legs for the full experience. Pro tip: Make a reservation if you don't want to risk sitting alfresco in Singapore's tropical heat.
Avg Price: $50 per person
Photo by Burppler Chelsea Foong