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Where to eat hairy crab in Hong Kong right now

It’s offi-shelly crab season!

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Crab lovers, rejoice – as these beloved little crustaceans are back in season. And Hong Kong, being the food paradise that it is, is definitely not lacking with places to enjoy these claw-some crabs, which contain sweet, tender flesh – although not a lot of it – and plenty of creamy roe. So whether you’re more of a freshly steamed crab connoisseur or up for something more creative, here are our top selections for hairy crab in the city. By Fontaine Cheng and Elaine Wong

RECOMMENDED: For more autumnal delights, check out the new menus of the month which showcase the best dishes of the season, or head on out to discover the latest restaurants in the city.

Where to eat hairy crab in Hong Kong right now

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Ok so this one isn't the steamed hairy crab that you know, but it's hairy crab all the same, and it's just as delicious. Japanese restaurant Sushiyoshi's creative and refined rendition on the local favourite puts hairy crab in a 20-course omakase menu ($2,980) available from October 26 until the season ends in mid-December. The omakase uses hairy crab from Jiangsu province (selected by chef Hiroki as he considers it the best) in dishes such as slow-cooked lobster with hairy crab roe, hairy crab ravioli with white truffle, and even hairy crab roe sushi.

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  • Admiralty

A hairy crab set menu ($880/person) is now available at Yè Shanghai, offering 13 different dishes that celebrate crab and the season’s seafood. Items include five starters, one soup, six mains, and a dessert. Highlights include sliced pork terrine served with Zhenjiang black vinegar, followed by braised bird’s nest with freshwater crab meat. From there, main dishes such as steamed hairy crab from Yangcheng Lake, baked stuffed crab shell, stir-fried river shrimps with Longjing tea, and more, is on offer. Additional hairy crabs ($200/crab) can also be ordered if one just isn’t enough. Yè Shanghai is also offering tai diao wine aged eight years and 20 years respectively, and one complimentary carafe ($280 for separate orders) is given to every two people purchasing the set menu.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

In celebration of autumn, executive chef Li Chi-wai and his team have launched eight Taihu Lake hairy crab menu items, available until the end of November at The Legacy House in Rosewood Hong Kong. Aside from the classic steamed hairy crab with shiso and ginger (market price), there is also steamed Shanghainese pork dumplings with hairy crab cream ($120/two pieces), an elevated version of the xiao long bao made with hairy crab roe and Iberico pork. The braised tofu with scallops and hairy crab cream ($280) is also a popular dish for its smooth, creamy textures. To go with these delicacies, pair your meal with a bottle of Vin Jaune D’Arly ($1,550) or the 15-year-aged Guyue Longshan hua diao wine ($1,180). The former is a dry and pungent yellow wine, while the latter is a dry hua diao wine that carries rich mineral notes.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Central
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Those in the hair crab club will be glad to know that one-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Duddell’s’ popular hairy crab menu has returned. Using Shanghainese hairy crabs farmed in Hokkaido, Japan, executive chef Li Man-lung has created a six-course tasting menu ($1,228/person), which consists of crowd favourites like steamed whole hairy crab, double-boiled black goat soup with Kanto sea cucumber, steamed grouper roll with hairy crab roe and vegetables, and much more. Order a flight of three yellow wines ($558/person) to pair with your meal, or request an additional steamed hairy crab ($488/225g). These special items will only be available until the end of November, so don’t miss out. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Whampoa

Until November 30, Hoi Won Teen in Harbour Grand Kowloon is offering a seven-course hairy crabs banquet ($438/person; minimum two people). Expect juicy crabs farmed in Japan and Jiangsu, crispy garlic bread topped with hairy crab meat and roe for a touch of East-meets-West fusion, a hearty almond chicken soup with fish maw, and bouncy Inaniwa udon with crab meat in hua diao wine sauce. Bear in mind that bookings can only be made online, so be sure to reserve your seats. Book ahead to ensure a seat and enjoy a hairy crab meal with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour.

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

So many crabs, such little time. At Star of Canton, not only do you get to have heaps of hairy crab, Peking duck, and an assortment of traditional Chinese desserts at their two-hour all-you-can-eat feast ($468/person; minimum two people), you can also choose the way you want the hairy crabs to be cooked – cold, steamed, steamed with hua diao, or baked crab with salt and oil – all of which help to accentuate the sweetness and freshness of the crab meat and roe. Pick a two-hour time slot from 6 to 10pm, two days in advance for any day before December 6, and off you go!

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Causeway Bay

East Ocean Gourmet Group has launched a hairy crab classic feast menu ($398/person; minimum two people) for their restaurants, which include the five East Ocean Lafayette and other East Ocean Restaurant branches across the city. This menu features seven dishes in total, including two steamed hairy crabs, braised fish soup in Shanghai-style, among others. Plus guests will receive an extra 25 percent discount if seated after 11am from Monday to Thursday, and after 8pm from Friday to Sunday (and on public holidays). 

  • Restaurants
  • Wong Tai Sin

How many hairy crabs do you think you can eat in just over an hour? Stretch your limits at Sun Tai Chung Shanghainese hairy crab specialist shop, as it is offering a 75-minute all-you-can-eat feast (from $358/person, depending on the chosen crab size and time slot from 6 to 11pm). Chow down on unlimited hairy crabs filled with buttery roe, hairy crab congee, dumplings, stir-fried glutinous rice with crab roe and lap mei (cured meats), then wash them down with bottomless beers and soft drinks, or add an extra $48 for refillable Guyue Longshan hua diao wine for a truly satisfying dinner. Book your seats in advance by phone or Whatsapp before the menu discontinues after December 10. Oh, and prep your stomachs. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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