11 Sinful Aligue Dishes in Manila That Will Always Be Worth the Risk


Is crab fat the new butter in town?

It’s sinful, it’s tasty, it’s exquisite and it’s addicting. We’re so obsessed that we have jars of these in grocery stores – ready for consumption.

Aligue or crab fat are those glorious yellow-orange streams of roe you see after cracking open a crab. It’s packed with generous amount of flavors including cholesterol, so do eat in moderation!

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Some restaurants have been getting creative in using aligue to add unique twists to some of their dishes. Serve us shrimps or scallops tossed in aligue, or even just a plain shell full of crab fat and we’ll love you forever.

Check out some of these awesome aligue dishes in Manila that you have to try for yourself ASAP. Promise, they’re all worth it!

Crab Fat Pasta – Single Origin

Single Origin is an all-day breakfast cafe that also serves great wine and craft beer. They also serve breakfast meals and lunch fare, great desserts, and specialty coffee. Their Crab Fat Pasta has sauteed seafood.

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Prawns in Aligue Sauce – Romulo Cafe

A tribute to the late Carlos P. Romulo, Romulo Cafe offers traditional Filipino comfort food from heirloom recipes. Romulo Cafe gives its diners a glimpse of the Philippine history though its museum-style interiors. One of their must-tries is the Shrimp in Aligue! Read more here.

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Baked Scallops with Aligue Butter – Locavore

Locavore serves locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch. While they’re known for their Sizzling Sinigang, the Baked Scallops with Aligue Butter shouldn’t be missed as well!

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Chiquita’s Salted Egg Crab – Red Crab Alimango House

The Red Crab Alimango House is the go-to choice of Filipinos for the ultimate fresh crabs and seafood experience. It is a definitive place for locals and balikbayans alike. The Chiquita’s Salted Egg Crab is served with ensaladang tahong and aligue sauce!

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Aligue Rice – The Stockpile

The Stockpile is a Western-inspired restaurant owned by cousins Gabby and Geoff Eigenmann. One of their signature dishes is the roasted chicken served with aligue rice!

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North Tower, The Sapphire Bloc Building, Sapphire Road cor Onyx and Garnet St, Ortigas, Pasig
(02) 635-6151

Crabby Fatty Omurice – UCC Clockwork

UCC Clockwork is a third wave coffee shop and UCC’s newest concept store featuring blends from a variety of local and international single origin coffee. The Crabby Fatty Omurice is one of their bestsellers!

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Grilled Tiger Prawns with House-made Aligue Butter – Manam

Manam is a homegrown concept from the Moment Group and is said to be the home of the best sisig in the metro today. They serve both modern and traditional Filipino food. 

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Soft Shell Crab Taco Maki – Ooma

A homegrown concept by The Moment Group serving the best aburi makis in town, Ooma is a bold new take on casual Japanese fare. The Soft Shell Crab Taco Maki is a bestseller!

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Adobong Hipon sa Aligue – Naimas Taste of Home

Naimas is a regional Filipino restaurant serving Northern Luzon specialties. Want something tasty? Try their Seafood Aligue Pasta or the Adobong Hipon sa Aligue!

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Aligue Ramen – Uma Uma

Uma Uma Ramen is a ramen shop originating from Fukuoka that serves authentic 100% MSG free Hakata-style ramen made with thin noodles and aromatic tonkotsu stock from an old hand down family recipe. One of their creative flavors is the Aligue Ramen! Read more here.

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Mangga’t Aligue – Mama Rosa

Not in any way related with the award-winning Brillante Mendoza film, but is actually an old restaurant in 1999 re-opened again. Named after the owner’s mother, Mama Rosa aspires to serve classic dishes that brings back memories from the good ‘ol days. Do try the Mangga’t Aligue!

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#9 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 942-1125

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