Long Beach Main Branch
Next to ECP Burger King
1018 East Coast Parkway, Singapore
PH: +65 6445 8833
Besides all the delicious hawker food, another thing on our list to eat while in Singapore was chilli crab. There are renditions of Singapore chilli crab here in Melbourne, but while good in their own way, they don’t match how it is in Singapore.
There are many famous restaurants in Singapore serving chilli crab, but Long Beach Seafood Restaurant will always be our first choice. Not only do they do a fantastic chilli crab, that’s also the place where we had dinner before hubby proposed under the stars at the beach! We returned to Long Beach Restaurant almost 5 years to the day that we got engaged. Not exactly planned, but a nice aligning of the stars!
Every Singaporean probably has their own expectations of a good chilli crab sauce. To me, a good chilli crab sauce needs to be very tomatoey, sweet and salty with a balance of spicy. It should also have lots of egg through it and not be too spicy that I can’t enjoy the flavour.
Currently there are five branches of Long Beach Restaurant in Singapore. We went to the Main branch which is located on East Coast Parkway next to the Burger King. It’s not walking distance from any MRT station, but you can catch the MRT to Eunos station, and then catch a taxi. A taxi costs around SGD $6 ($4.80 AUD). It was raining outside so I missed taking a photo of the outside of the restaurant. The restaurant is quite large so we didn’t need to make a booking when we went on a weeknight.
Inside there are large tanks with a variety of live seafood but we were there for the crab.
Tanks of live seafood
There was a seafood called geoduck. To me it looks like a massive *ahem*. Haha! Apparently a lot of people enjoy it!
We started with an entrée of deep fried scallops in mini yam rings. Juicy scallops are wrapped in a yam (taro) ring and then deep fried. There is a dollop of a creamy sauce and flying fish roe is sprinkled on top for decoration. This is a must try dish!
Deep fried scallops in mini yam rings
Hubby and I love our crabs, so we already knew we would order two. Long Beach Restaurant is famous for their black pepper crab but I don’t like a strong pepper flavour, so we opted for a chilli crab and a salted egg yolk crab. The crabs were $50 per kg and the smallest size is around 1kg.
The chilli crab was just as good as I remembered. The sauce was thick with egg, and tasty with a chilli kick and strong tomato flavour. You have to order the deep fried mantou (steamed fluffy bread) to dip into the excess sauce. So, so good!
The other crab we got was the salted egg yolk crab. It is a dry style crab with no sauce. While the salted egg yolk crab was finger licking good at the start and we had a good time licking the shells clean, towards the end we felt it was too rich. If you only order one crab, I would recommend going with the chilli crab.
Salted egg yolk crab
I forgot to tell the waiter when we ordered that we would like the crab to come one at a time so we could finish one before the next one came out. I told him after, but it mustn’t have been communicated to the kitchen because the crabs were brought to our table pretty much at the same time. We like to enjoy our crab and therefore eat quite slow so unfortunately they were cold towards the end of our meal. Remember to tell the waiter to bring them out one at a time if you order more than one crab.
We happily satisfied our chilli crab craving at Long Beach and it was lovely returning and reliving the memories from hubby’s proposal. Do you have a romantic proposal story you want to share? 🙂
Over & Out, April xx