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Singaporean Chilli Crab

Posted on | December 9, 2009 | No Comments

The number one thing you must eat in Singapore is Chilli Crab.  Uniquely Singaporean, there are many variations of preparation including Steamed, Black Pepper, Butter and Breaded but in my humble opinion Chilli is the best.

Ask any uncle taxi driver where the best chilli crab is in town and you’re guaranteed to fill your entire ride with island-wide recommendations from him.  Families are staunchly protective of their own secret recipes.  But look in any cookbook at the recipe and you’ll find that the tangy gravy base is made simply from a bottle of tomato sauce and sweet chilli sauce (for some reason they recommend Maggi !!)

Considering one tablespoon of sugar laden sauces like tomato and chilli contain about 50 calories, this is yet another calorie loaded Singapore meal.

The Health Guru advice is of course to not eat as much of the gravy to consume less calories, fat & sugar.


Portion: 400g crab meat with minimal sauce

Energy: 565 calories

Protein: 45 g

Carbs: 20 g

Fat: 34 g

Sodium: 2139 mg

Most Singaporean locals will share at least 2 crabs, mop up the gravy with rice and buns, add additional stir-fried vegetables and wash it down with a jug or two of tiger beer.

To care for health, heart & waist line follow these tips:

  • Eat as little gravy sauce as possible
  • Eat ½ portion only or share with a friend
  • Avoid eating too much rice (1/2 cup portion only)
  • Order steamed vegetables to fill your stomach rather than carbohydrates
  • Eat slowly – stop when you’re 80% full
  • If you have to order buns, get steamed not fried
  • Go alcohol free:  remember water has no calories

Simple changes mean you can eat Chilli crab (not too frequently of course) – but it is possible to look after your waist and taste buds at the same time.

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