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The five best Hong Kong restaurants for hairy crab right now

You won’t get crabby once you dig into these dishes

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Written by
Olivia Lai
&
Ann Chiu
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It’s hairy crab season! That time of year when crab is hailed as the king of the crustaceans and restaurants attempt to shove the ingredient into every dish in various creative ways. From classic Shanghainese crab roe xiao long bao to Japanese-style hairy crab omakase, these are the five best seasonal menus in Hong Kong to get your hands – or claws – on.

The five best Hong Kong restaurants for hairy crab right now

10 Shanghai
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Causeway Bay

Huaiyang cuisine specialist 10 Shanghai recently rolled out a crab-tastic feast using stock from Yangcheng Lake, China’s most renowned spot for hairy crab. The extensive seasonal menu offers everything from classic steamed hairy crab and baked stuffed crab shell to crab roe xiao long bao – plus crab roe rice for some much-needed carbs. Yup, the folks from 10 Shanghai sure haven’t skimped on the crab. 

Involtini
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Causeway Bay

Despite only opening its doors in 2016, Involtini Italian Cuisine has already received Michelin's Plate recommendation two years in a row. This crab season, the Italian eatery has introduced a hairy crab tasting menu, giving you a chance to sample hairy crab cream with caviar; prawn risotto in rich crab bisque; squid ink pasta with crab cream and salted egg; not to mention, a homemade hairy crab mini pizza. The way each dish is plated is as brilliant as it tastes. $788 per person. 

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Loong Yuen
  • Restaurants
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

If you’re keen to get your hands dirty and to crack open a crab on your own, set your destination to Loong Yuen for its classic steamed hairy crab and hairy crab cooked in Chinese wine. There’s also a six-course hairy crab menu worth tucking into, which includes crab meat and bird’s nest soup, crab roe xiao long bao, and fish fillet in crab sauce. This is the place to go for your traditional Chinese feast. $458 per person, booking required. 

Old Bailey
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Central

Housed inside Tai Kwun’s contemporary art block, Old Bailey is a sleek eatery that serves up modern Jiangnan cuisine. It’s introduced a selection of seasonal menus, including one with hairy crab sourced from Hokkaido. Kick off with Yangzhou crystal pork terrine and Liangxi crispy eel, and marinated eggs in fermented rice wine before moving on to hairy crab roe with braised bird’s nest, whole steamed hairy crab and of course, hairy crab roe xiao long bao. End your meal with the ginger soup with homemade glutinous rice dumpling. $888 per person. 

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Sushiyoshi
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

The Hong Kong branch of Osaka’s two Michelin-starred Sushiyoshi is known for bringing western ingredients and techniques to Japanese cooking. And thanks to chef-owner Nakanoue Hiroki’s new-found love for crustaceans, he has created the city’s first hairy crab-themed omakase. The 17 to 21-dish menu changes every day but you can expect mouth-watering crabby creations like hairy crab cream sushi, hairy crab and fish roe rice, crab bisque, and even crab and ginger sorbet. Starts from $2,980 per person, booking required. 

How about a round of hotpot too?

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