What is a hairy crab? What’s the best way to enjoy it? We get top tips from Chinese executive chef Liu Ching Hai from Summer Palace at Regent Singapore, and also share where you can satisfy those crustacean cravings this season.
Hairy crabs are freshwater crabs and are distinguishable by their furry claws. They are fondly known as the “Chinese mitten crab” as well. These crabs are seasonal and more readily available between September and November. It’s prized mostly for the succulently delicious meat and decadent richness of the female crab’s roe.
The best way to eat hairy crab? Steam it. This method allows the natural flavours and aroma of the crab to come through. Because the hairy crab is said to be “cooling” for the body, it is recommended to balance it with something that is “heaty”. Ginger is known to be ‘heaty’, so hairy crab with ginger tea is a good combination.
We’ve rounded up a list of places to get your fix, and most offer hairy crabs till the end of November, so be quick!