The One With Under The Bridge Spicy Crab – Gripping Hong Kong By The Pincher

While Singapore has its famous chilli crabs, Hong Kong upped the ante with their spicy crabs.

What do I mean? Having lived in Singapore for a while and have had my fair share of chilli crabs, nothing can prepare you for the sweat-inducing level of fiery hotness that Hong Kong spicy crabs can bring. It’s enough to make a grown man cry. Literally.

And the defacto place to have the authentic typhoon shelter spicy crabs (it’s a long story) here has got to be the Under The Bridge Spicy Crabs. There are four branches, all around the same location, so hunting one down could be an adventure all on its own.


The crabs – a large one can set you back some $480, more than enough for two person – came drowned in minced garlic, onion or shallots, red chilli and black beans. There are 5 – 6 varying levels of spiciness you can opt for.

Plus some other non-spicy options for the whims.

For the night, I stupidly went for the mid-range option, and boy was I in for a treat. Not.


The crab meat was light and flavoursome, if a little too overloaded with MSG. If you are the type who is prone to getting headache from MSG, you have been warned. The post-crab, MSG-induced hangover is NOT for the fainthearted.


A nightmare it was, MSG and spiciness speaking wise, but it was a nightmare I am willing to endure… well, maybe not every night, but perhaps once a fortnight?

Under The Bridge Spicy Crab
Shop 1-2, G/F, Chinaweal Centre
414-424 Jaffe Road, Wanchai
2834 6268

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