East meets West in this unlikely combination09 August, 2010 by Yan
In conjunction with Singapore’s National Day and in celebration of the 45th anniversary of SUBWAY, local outlets are promoting a new item called the Chili Crab Sub. Being a Singaporean, I can’t help but mentally link the Chili Crab Sub towards the real deal, which is the famous chili crab dish that most Singaporeans enjoy.
I was rather impressed that SUBWAY actually tried to incorporate an iconic Singaporean dish into their sandwiches, albeit as a super limited, experimental offer. The sandwich is being offered for a duration of only 3 days, which ends on 9th of August (which also happens to be Singapore’s National Day). To find out if the experimental sandwich was a success or flop, the only way was to go ahead and try one.
I took a small piece of the Chili Crab topping for an individual taste. For those who are actually looking to find real crab meat, I would have to tell you in disappointment that the topping is actually a high quality mock crab meat (well for a little under 5 bucks, you don’t really expect to get real crab meat do you?). The fake crab meat was doused with a mix of chili sauce to give it that extra chili kick. Of course, it is by no means comparable to having a real chili crab deal in a seafood restaurant.
The overall taste of the Chili Crab Sub is still quite decent. But after dousing the extra sauce of your choice, it becomes more of a regular subway sandwich with a seafood topping. My recommendation is to enjoy the sandwich with just the chili crab toppings, regular additions of vegetables and no additional sauces to savor the flavor better.
Try not to associate it to having a real chili crab deal and it should feel like a viable option. Go ahead and try the Chili Crab Sub, with an open mind. If for nothing else but the bragging rights after the 3 day promotion has passed.
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