Hairy crabs are here again
Hairy crab season is upon us, with the customary mad scramble to source the plumpest, most roe-heavy crustaceans from China’s Taihu or Yangcheng Lakes. If you love these Shanghai “mitten crabs” (but hate working for your food), get a taste of the season’s
Shellfish Desires The Mandarin Oriental’s Man Wah is collaborating this year with Cheng Long Hang Crab Palace Restaurant in Shanghai to bring the best of the ocean delicacy to Hong Kong dinner tables. Chef Chi-Kwong Hung of Man Wah has conceived a Shanghainese hairy crab feast with a total of 20 hairy crab dishes on the seasonal menu, while two chefs from Cheng Long Hang will be on hand to showcase the skillful and speedy de-shelling of whole crabs, in three minutes or less. Try the aromatic stir-fried king prawn with rice cake and crabmeat; the pan-fried scallop with shrimp paste and crabmeat; or the boneless chicken wing with, you guessed it, more crabmeat. Oct 28-Nov 30. 25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd., Central, 2825-4003. Infinite Crabs How many crabs can you eat in one sitting? You can find out at
“Hairy Crabinfinity”—the ultimate all-you-can-eat hairy crab marathon which is back at Tze Yuet Heen this year. Stuff yourself with unlimited portions of hairy crab in five different preparations: chilled hairy crab with Chinese yellow wine; steamed crab with hairy crab cream and glutinous rice; steamed crab shell stuffed with bird’s nest, hairy crab cream and egg white; steamed hairy crab; and stir-fried hairy crab with spicy garlic. Mix and match with three types of house-made vinegar dipping sauces, and wash it down with ginger and red date tea. Through Nov 30, 6:30-10pm. From $418 per person. 2/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East, 3 Tong Tak St., Tseung Kwan O, 3983-0660. Braised and Baked Chow down on a menu of exquisite Cantonese-style crab dishes at Man Ho, JW Marriott’s signature Chinese restaurant. This season, executive chef Jayson Tang is serving up hairy crab with braised seafood; baked crab roe and meat served in the shell; and chicken wings stuffed with crab roe and meat. If you prefer the more casual setting of JW Café instead, head up to the fifth floor and dine on a number of steamed hairy crab dishes at the dinner buffet alongside other crabinspired creations. Oct 3-30. JW Marriott, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2810-8366.
Diplomatic Delicacies Indulge in autumn’s most prized gastronomic treat at Lai Bun Fu, where former Hong Kong Government House head chef Chung Kin-leung is presenting a hairy crab tribute to highlight the sweet meat and rich, golden roe. Sit back in the 2000-sq.-ft. colonial-style space and savor the succulent crustacean, from appetizers such as deep-fried shrimp ball with hairy crab roe ($288) and deep-fried oysters with hairy crab roe ($238); to mains including steamed mashed tofu with hairy crab ($228), chicken wing stuffed with hairy crab and roe ($138), braised tofu with hairy crab ($198), and baked stuffed crab shells ($168). 18 On Lan St., Central, 2564-3868. Loongings for Crab Savor the freshwater delicacy at the award-winning Loong
Yuen Cantonese Restaurant, which is importing the “king of crabs” from Taihu Lake on the border of Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. Prepare for an epic crab feast, with the rich and creamy roe highlighted in elegant dishes from head chef Cheung Wai-bun including braised bird’s nest soup with hairy crab roe, sautéed king prawns and vegetables with hairy crab roe, steamed hairy crab, and fried hairy crab with salted egg yolk. Oct 1-Nov 15. B1, Holiday Inn Golden Mile, 50 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-1006.