With the autumnal weather fully settled into Hong Kong, hairy crab fever is in full swing, and gourmands are clamouring for the rich, creamy roe and sweet flesh. Quintessentially have shared with us the top five sports to sample this hirsute crustacean. Catch them before the end of the month!
Cuisine Cuisine Shop 3101, 3/F, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central
2393 3933 www.cuisinecuisine.hk/
Carefully selecting their crabs from famous Taihu Lake, Cuisine Cuisine has created a mouthwatering array of dishes to tempt even the most uncertain palate. The universally popular steamed pork dumplings with hairy crab roe are served alongside dishes like crispy rice topped with hairy crab roe (a moreish contrast of textures), sautéed diced Australian Miyazaki beef with hairy crab roe (made tableside for a dramatic flair!) and braised hairy crab roe and bamboo fungus with pea shoots (another cool weather favourite).
Yan Toh Heen G/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2313 2323 hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/dining/yan_toh_heen.php
Chef Lau celebrates the season with a mouth watering hairy crab set menu. A selection of dishes are also available for order individually, including the steamed crab claw with bird’s nest in egg white, steamed whole fresh hairy crab, and a hairy crab version of their signature golden stuffed crab shells. Dinner is accompanied by floor to ceiling views of the Avenue of the Stars and the bright lights of Causeway Bay.
Yè Shanghai Shop 332, 3/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Where better to sample a Shanghai special than at one of Hong Kong’s most fabulous Shanghainese restaurants? Yè Shanghai has no fewer than 15 dishes, including light bites like braised fresh water crab with lettuce and crabby twists on classic dishes like the sautéed river shrimp with fresh water crabmeat and taidiao wine marinated “drunken” fresh water crab.
Tin Heung Lau
Tin Heung Lau 18C Austin Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
For the adventurous diner, Tin Heung Lau is a must do for the season. This unassuming restaurant may not look like much on the outside, but their fine ingredients and masterful handling of hairy crab means it’s quite the magnet for the city’s rich and famous once the mercury drops. They specialise in Hangzhou cuisine (like Shanghai, close by Taihu Lake), and seasonal signatures include their steamed crab and stir-fried hairy crab roe with noodles.
Tsui Hang Village 2/F, New World Tower, 16-18 Queen’s Road Central, Central
2524 2012 www.tsuihangvillage.hk/
This popular dim sum spot is pulling out the stops with their hairy crab menu this fall. Crispy taro puffs with hairy crab roe juxtapose two textures nicely, but also form a delectable mix of sweet and umami flavours, while the baked garlic bread topped with hairy crab roe is a fun East-meets-West concoction. Traditional dishes are also on offer, like steamed hairy crab, steamed minced pork dumplings with hairy crab roe, and sautéed egg white with hairy crab roe. If you’re not crabbed out, sample them all at once with one of their set menus.