It’s October, which means hairy crab season is upon us once again. Here are some of the best places to eat this highly anticipated seasonal crustacean.
Hong Kong's best hairy crab menus
Indulge in the juiciest of hairy crabs against Lai Bun Fu’s elegant colonial-style backdrop. This fine dining locale is serving up premium Taihu hairy crab from Jiangsu province in the form of dishes like deep fried shrimp balls with hairy crab roe and steamed hairy crab with sticky rice.
This classic Cantonese dining room promises an exquisite feast for hairy crab gourmands. The steamed crustacean here is seasoned with a homemade sweet vinegar and ginger sauce, enhancing its freshness and succulence. Another tantalising option is the pan-fried shrimp and bean curd topped with hairy crab coral.
Working in collaboration with the celebrated Chinese chef Wang Hao of the Central Hotel Shanghai, Yan Toh Heen promises an eight-course culinary journey of the finest crab sourced from Jiangsu province. The feast includes artfully crafted dishes like crispy taro dumplings with hairy crabmeat roe and bird’s nest soup with hairy crabmeat roe and lobster. $2,488 per person.
This fall, Man Wah at the Mandarin Oriental is hosting a team of chefs from Cheng Long Hang Crab Palace Restaurant in Shanghai, who’ll showcase their lightning-fast crab deshelling skills in front of customers following the success of previous years. The autumnal menu features a whopping 20 new dishes, including an aromatic stir-fried king prawn with rice cake and crabmeat. In addition, there will be two six-course lunch menus and a six-course dinner menu available.
Adventurous diners should look no further than Involtini’s five-course hairy crab fusion menu, which uses traditional Italian cooking techniques to elevate the Asian delicacy. Highlights include a crab roe ravioli in crab and kombu broth, as well as a pan-fried pumpkin stuffed with hairy crab and topped with caviar. $748 per person.
One Harbour Road is taking their seasonal menu to the next level with the addition of nine hairy crab dishes. Using Yancheng Lake crabs from Shanghai, the kitchen is whipping up dishes like braised bamboo piths stuffed with shrimp mousse and hairy crab, and hairy crab meat wontons in soup.
If you're in Macao and feeling the hairy crab craves, head straight to the Sofitel's high-rise fine diner. Their six-course crab menu ($488 for two) includes dishes from the elegantly simple, like hairy crab with condiment and ginger tea, to the beautifully luxurious, like Singapore chilli crab with fried bun. Downstairs, all-day diner Mistral is also offering lunch and dinner budffer service featuring a wide array of international crab dishes (from $168 per person).