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Crab Bee Hoon (Crab Noodles)

Crab Bee Hoon
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During my most recent trip to Singapore (in April), my friends took me to Melben—a popular restaurant famed for its crab dishes. When the waiter came to take the order, I knew that I had to try crab bee hoon, a dish that I had read so much about on Singaporean food blogs.

The crab bee hoon was served in a clay pot, with a big and succulent crab swimming in a milky broth. At the first taste, I was transported to crab heaven. I love crab and have tried many versions: chili crab, ginger and scallion crab, black pepper crab, creamy butter crab, roasted crab, my mother’s version of chili crab, but I had never tried the soupy combination of crab and bee hoon. It was simply delicious! After the meal, my friends told me that the restaurant chain makes millions every year just selling crab. They asked me if I could crack the secret crab bee hoon recipe. I told them that I would try and that we could then start a crab restaurant and make a boat load of money…

So, here it is, my crab bee hoon recipe. To be very honest, I think the taste of this crab bee hoon is extremely close to the ones I had in Singapore, except that Dungeness crab is used instead of Sri Lankan crab, which is not available in the United States. The secret ingredient is evaporated milk, hence the milky color of the crab bee hoon. It’s also a very easy recipe, one that anyone can attempt at home. If you love crab bee hoon, try this recipe and let me know how it’s compared to the real ones served in Singapore!

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  1. Shirley@kokken69

    Bee, this looks really good. I have to admit that I have not heard about the restaurant. This sounds and look very much like fish head bee hoon but I am sure the crab would have made the soup so much sweeter!

    • I can’t believe that you haven’t been to Melben. Which is your favorite crab restaurant? Anyway, the chili crab at Melben is not that great, but crab bee hoon is pretty good. :)

  2. Wan Suhairi via Facebook

    hahah…i’m not a fan of bee hoon…but after seeing this, maybe i’ll try it sometimes….delicious looking..!!!! :p

  3. JJu Le via Facebook

    That looks amazing. There is a Vietnamese dish called bun rieu.. its also crab noodles soup and yummy!

  4. tom

    Have you tried “typhoon bay shelter’s crab), aka pei fong tong crab in Cantonese.Hope you can come out with a similar recipe

  5. This is our most favourite pick when we went to crab restaurant in Singapore. We do not only like the crab and enjoy the flavourful broth to bits. Thanks for cracking the secret! You are surely a crab expert!

  6. I’ve never tried it before but it sounds delicious, and you make it look so easy to prepare! Also never used guilin rice noodles before, but they look like thin egg noodles in the photo.

  7. I’ve heard of Singapore’s crab noodles too, this looks great! I was planning to cook something similar but with those giant freshwater prawns instead. Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

  8. Nicki

    I’m Singaporean and LOVE LOVE LOVE Melben. Thanks for sharing this, I may have to make it myself when the craving hits someday! One question though, there’s nothing written on how you include the crab in your recipe?

  9. Hoi

    I am so excited to see this recipe, can’t wait to try this out. Had crab bee hoon at Malben 4 years ago when I was back for a holiday and have been craving for it ever since.

  10. Oh my Aunt brought me to Melben this time when I was Singapore and I was really intrigued by the combination of crab and beehoon. Takes a while to get used to though. Your recipe sounds interesting enough to try!

  11. shatz

    I tried this recipe last night. My husband & I loved it. It was simple, easy to prepare & delicious!!!!
    A definite star in my book. And please keep the recipes coming…

  12. Agree!! Love the crab bee hoon @Mellben. But we happen to love their Creamy Butter Crab even more! Thanks for sharing the recipes. Will using fresh milk instead of evaporated milk come up with similar taste?

  13. Robert Danhi

    Jun – Mellben is AMAZING (MUST go to Ang Mio Kio location) also make sure to try their Salted Egg Pork Ribs! Tell Mr Boon Chuan the owner I say hello!

  14. Naz

    hi dear, would like to try to cook my first crab dish *blush
    But wat kind of crab am i suppose to use?
    And where can i get the noodles mentioned? NTUC?

  15. Just made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit! We all loved it and drank every single drop of soup! YUMS! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! xx

  16. Erich

    I just wanted to thank you for the great recipe! The broth is out-of-this-world yummy.
    Cooking my raw crab in the soup added a lot of flavor AFAIk.
    Can’t wait to try out more of your recipes.

  17. MalaysiaTrulyAsia

    Omg!!!! Just made this for dinner and it’s super yummy and super quick!!!
    I didn’t use crab, but use prawn wonton and fish balls instead, both pre-made in advance that
    I kept frozen in the freezer. So all up prep and cooking time took me less than
    15 mins!!!! Great recipe!!!! Spot on!!!!

  18. Santhi

    I am going to try this recipe during the long Hari Raya cum National Day break. It is mouth-watering. Cany wait to post the results of my attempt! Thank you Bee!

  19. Yen

    I made this for dinner tonight…it was sooooo good and easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. As a Malaysian living in Hong Kong, I am so glad I could make this on my own now whenever I miss home food. I would however, add more ginger, spring onion and wine in future as it gives even more flavour to the dish and would make it even closer to those in Melben :)

  20. Phyllis

    Thank you for this recipe! It was so easy to make and my family loved it. I added more fish sauce, ginger and wine for a stronger taste. Will be making this again for my friends soon!

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