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Crab in da Bag: eat-with-your-hands seafood on the East Coast

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Since moving to Singapore, I have noticed how part of the national persona involves having quite spirited opinions about where to find the “best” of any particular dish as well as regular “food snapping” (that is taking pics of your meal!) is a standard pastime. That said, at the risk of sounding cynical, with so much choice available, it is easy to see it all as same-same — until a Sassy Mama work dinner found us all crowded around a whitewashed table at Crab in da Bag.

Crab in da Bag is one of the East Coast’s newest restaurant additions, and is bursting with delicious seafood, a super relaxed atmosphere, and all at wallet friendly prices too! And the best bit? You eat everything with your hands! The brainchild of former film producer A P Tan, Crab In Da Bag is nothing I have ever experienced before! The concept is a relatively simple one… put your bib on and dig in! The crowd pleasing Louisiana-inspired Caboodle Boil is exactly as the name suggests… it includes just about EVERY type of seafood item from their menu. Cooked in a titanic aluminum pot, the Southern Louisiana specialty is literally spilled onto your table, ready for you to dig in! The rest of the menu is up to you to season as you like, there’s garlic butter (yes please!), ultimate curry (a must-try signature curry mix) or Crab in da Bag’s Caboodle Mix — a secret combination of local and Louisiana spices (how could we refuse?).

The Caboodle Boil3

So what did we Sassy Mamas dine on? We started with Crinkled Cauliflower (interesting!), Crispy Chewy Baby Squids (we loved the balance between the “crispy” and “chewy”), Louisiana Garlic Shrimps (to die for!), and Frizzled Silver Fish (my personal favourite). This was followed by the main event – Crab in da Bag’s famous Caboodle Boil. Three words… OH MY GOODNESS! It was so good and lip-smacking delicious I struggled to contain myself! King Crab Legs, Sri Lankan Crabs, yabbies, prawns, sausages, corn and potatoes were all competing for our culinary attention, and let’s just say it’s going to take quite a few 10km runs to work off this meal!

Somersby Garlic Prawns

But what inspired the extremely congenial Ms. Tan to bring this unique concept dining experience to our little red dot? She explained she just wanted to see people reconnect over “good makan” and engage in real conversation with each other… “Forget your phones and devices and just concentrate on the people you are with – if only for a meal!” (they even provide little boxes to store your beloved phone in so you won’t be inclined to use it whilst you are there!).

Will this Mama be back? Absolutely! In fact, I’m just putting together my guest list now…

Crab in da Bag
Block D, #01-25 Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449875
Tel: (+65) 6440 0083
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Opening hours
Monday — closed

Tuesday to Friday 4pm-12am
Saturday to Sunday 12pm-12am

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