Hairy Crabs in Shanghai


Today October 1, is China’s national day – a good day as any to start my series of short posts on my recent trip to Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The hairy crab is a famous delicacy in Shanghai cuisine and is prized for its roe and milt.

The crab – the best are from Yangcheng Lake – is believed by the Chinese to have a “cooling” (yin) effect on the body.

Concerns have been raised that the population of the crab may be affected because of over harvesting and there are now crab farms raising these prized crustaceans.

These crabs cost a bomb in Singapore, but when I was in Shanghai recently I paid only 43 Chinese yuan for the three pictured here.

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