For a real taste of Singapore, try this signature seafood dish: hard shelled crabs cooked in a flavorful sweet, salty, chili-hot tomato sauce. Have some rice or steamed buns on hand to mop it all up with.
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In anticipation of Singapore Day in New York's Central Park, we'll be posting descriptions of the country's signature street food, which is sold there in hawker centers. Here, we give you ... Chili Crab: "With a hearty gravy made from fresh red chiles, tomato sauce, fresh eggs, and spring onions, it's best eaten with your fingers. Don't bother to try looking genteel—use your teeth to crack the shells, suck out the succulent meat, and if you have to, hit the extra-hard shell on the table top to break it. Let the gravy run down your arm, clean it up with cubes of French bread or Chinese buns (known as mantou) that are served as a side dish. All in...