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Where's the Best Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab in Adelaide?

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Published February 21st 2016
Soft shell crabs are crabs that have just shed their old shells and the new shells are still soft. This means the crabs can be eaten without shelling – no mess, no need for a claw cracker to crack the claws and no digging of meat from the legs and claws. Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab is deep fried soft shell crabs tossed in salt and Sichuan peppercorn powder. I love the crispiness of the crab and the deliciousness of the spices. It's one of my favourite dishes and my family will always order it if it's on the menu.

Ding Hao's Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab, Adelaide
Ding Hao's Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

After tasting Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab from so many restaurants, Ding Hao's version is still my favourite. Their soft shell crabs are always crispy, the spices yummy and the portion is generous.

East Taste's Soft Shell Crab, Adelaide
East Taste's Soft Shell Crab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

East Taste Cafe has the nicest presentation; their Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab is presented like a crab.

Fortuna Court's Soft Shell Crab, Adelaide
Fortuna Court's Soft Shell Crab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

The Soft Shell Crab at Fortuna Court has a slightly different batter but is still tasty and enjoyable. Due to it being one of their entrée dishes, the portion size is a bit smaller compared to the other restaurants where I tried Soft Shell Crab.

Hanuman's Soft Shell Crab, Adelaide
Hanuman's Soft Shell Crab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Hanuman has a twist on the Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab. Instead of tossing the deep fried soft shell crab in salt and pepper, they served it with a sweet, tangy and spicy sauce. The taste of the sauce is notably similar in taste to the sauce used in Singaporean Chilli Crab.

Little Canton's Soft Shell Crab, Adelaide
Little Canton's Soft Shell Crab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Little Canton at Henley Beach Road is another restaurant where we have enjoyed Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab.

Millets' Soft Shell Crab, Adelaide
Millets' Soft Shell Crab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)

Our most recent tasting of Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab is at Millets at Mawson Lakes. I'm always on the lookout for this dish so do let me know of any other restaurants that serve it.
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Bread & Bone Wood Grill on Peel Street, Adelaide, do an amazing soft shell crab burger that has to be eaten to be believed!
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 1877 days ago
CHUS - Unley Road, Unley
by antonietta (score: 0|2) 1875 days ago
Vietnam Restaurant on Addison Rd, Pennington has a nice soft shell crab :-)
by kerry (score: 0|2) 1882 days ago
Samui Thai on Greenhill Rd Hazelwood Park have the best soft shell crab curry! Delicious, crispy & spicy
Haven't a picture of it
by ccamp (score: 0|2) 1880 days ago
The best place to get Soft Shell Crab is the Baan Thai Rest. at the top of Magill Rd. just down from the Tower Hotel. It is next to the Post Office which is on the corner of Pepper St. and Magill Rd. ADELAIDE.
by krh58 (score: 0|2) 1860 days ago
Mediteranean Cafe at the Brodway Glenelg South
by debbi (score: 0|2) 1832 days ago
MP3 Montepellier
65 Jetty Road Brighton
Clean, fresh, consistent, for at least 5 years, around $15
by ginwa (score: 0|2) 1808 days ago
Cardones in Glenelg do soft shell crab and it’s amazing
by Jodie (score: 0|2) 1138 days ago
You must try Chu's Vietnamese Thai restaurant on Unley Rd. Their soft shell salt & pepper chilli crab is supurb!
by pjsch (score: 0|2) 1067 days ago

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