Happy Crab at Guillemard Village


This blog seems to be fulfilling everyone’s craving these few days. Someone had a craving for pizza and off we went to Pizzeria Mozza and this time, Meiling had a craving for BBQ crabs and after (quite) a few drinks, the guys all agreed to have BBQ crabs. Which shows what good guys we are. 🙂

Now, almost everyone knows this blog dislikes crustaceans like lobster, crabs and especially prawns; I cannot abide prawns at all. And so I was surprised when I finished an entire large-sized crab all by myself.

As it was my first time eating such a large crab by hand, I mishandled it and got a thorn impaled upon my finger; Like all virgins, I bled copiously from my first experience…

…well, at least I got a good dinner out of it.

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Happy Crab at the old Singapore Badminton Hall (Guillemard Village) on Guillemard Road. It’s tucked into a small corner of the food court; just follow the aroma of salty-peppery BBQ.

The crabs are prepared simply. They are first par-boiled, so cold crab is a definite possibility (some people eat it that way), when the order is made, the crabs are then BBQ’d a la minute in a pleasantly light coating of the traditional Asian dark soy sauce, salt and white pepper.

There is another coffeeshop restaurant (near Joo Chiat) that uses this marinade but I dislike it because they tar the entire crab with it till you taste nothing but thick tarry dark soy sauce, salt and pepper. They can serve you anything and you won’t be able to taste the difference.

Happy Crab is different and better because the marinade is a light touch and you can taste the sweet sweet flesh. The crabs are served with 3 dips: Wasabi with soy, Japanese (Kewpie) Mayonnaise and a piquant Sambal Belacan which I would not recommend as it is so strong that it overwhelms the palate. I went for the mayo and soy (sans Wasabi).


There’s no corkage and they have ice buckets but I think it’s polite to order a few drinks (like cold mineral water) to reciprocate the cheerful accommodation.

In fact, Sake is the preferred tipple as the boss has pre-prepared frozen Sake serving bottles and Meiling brought along a few bottles of very dry (+10) Sake which was the perfect complement to the BBQ crab.

I’d recommend bypassing the Crab Prince and Crab Queen options and go straight to the Crab King serving as it’s chockful of roe.


Grilled fish depends on availability – we had grilled Parrot Fish caught that day – but there’s a kick-ass Thai food stall that will definitely rock your spice boat but for me it was persistently aggravating, which took copious amounts of Sake and 7-Up to ease. And, if you need crispy fried goodness, Fatty Weng is just a 5-minute walk away.

Happy Crab has two outlets run by brothers (both very friendly), but the one at Guillemard Village is less crowded and, while open-air, is breezy and quiet. Perfect for squashing any crab cravings.

Happy Crab is at Guillemard Village, 102 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399719 (the old Singapore Badminton Hall) or Ji Heng Coffee Shop, 609 Lorong 31 Geylang, Singapore 389548, Opens 6-11pm.








Posted on 31st May 2011 in Food and Drink, Fun, Makankaki, Singapore


There Are 5 Comments


Su-Lin commented on June 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I want a crab right now.


Lizzie commented on June 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I live right nearby, will go check this out, thanks for the tip! Btw do they sell sake there or must you BYO? Nice blog.


Ivan commented on June 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Thanks. It’s BYO but do remember to buy drinks from the vendor to reciprocate the favor.


[…] Previously, this blog was introduced to the concept of BBQ crabs by Meiling. I’m not particularly keen on crabs or any other crustaceans for that matter but I suppose it was a combination of good company and good Sake that did the trick: I really like the BBQ crab from Happy Crab. […]


food.recentrunes.com | Sandaime Bunji on Millenia Walk commented on September 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

[…] Simon was in town to pick up a toilet sink and because we hooked up with Mei Lin and Higuchi, we had a fantastic weekend of BBQ Crabs and Fatty Weng. […]

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