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What Is The Best Zi Char Crab Sauce? Singaporeans Say It’s Chilli

14th September 2023

Chilli crab is the most popular crab sauce in Singapore

It’s little surprise Singaporeans love seafood, especially crabs, which have earned their place as one of the country’s most cherished seafood delicacies. Singaporeans have a deep-rooted love for crab dishes, with so many variations available across local hawker centres, zi char stalls, and seafood restaurants.


Chilli crab is also arguably one of our city’s most recognisable culinary icons, and it constantly tops the list of the best things to eat in Singapore. We know chilli crab is super popular amongst tourists, and local restaurants have stepped up to deliver. Local snack brands have also created a variety of chilli crab-flavoured nibbles, from potato chips to cup noodle flavours.


While chilli crab may come up tops in terms of renown, is it something true-blue Singaporeans love as well? How does it stack against other crab sauces, such as salted egg yolk, butter, black pepper, and white pepper?

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To settle what the best crab sauce is, once and for all, we conducted a poll via our sister website, In our polls, hosted across Eatbook’s articles, we’ve been asking Singaporeans for their foodie opinions, and our readers have responded. Nearly 400 people responded to our crab sauce poll, where we asked them what they thought the best crab sauce was.

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42% replied that chilli crab was the best, firmly settling the debate. Surprisingly, black pepper and salted egg were the two next most popular options, following butter crab. Finally, white pepper crab was the least popular, with only 5% thinking that it is the superior crab sauce.

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If you’re team chilli crab, feel free to eat your way through our guide to the best chilli crab in Singapore.

For those who disagree with the poll, feel free to cast your take below:

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