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    Yangcheng Hairy Crab $$$

    "Malaysians are paying between RM100 and RM300 for a single crab .."
    Have never tried these type of crabs.
    I wonder it is worth the money?
    Anyone tried, how it is different from our local, Indonesian or Sri Langka ones?

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    Apparently it is the roe that makes it expensive and delicious (? crab caviar).

    I would rather pay R50 per kg for our local crab.

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    In Singapore they pay about S$50.00 per kilo for such huge crabs with lots of roe. That is about RM125.00 after conversion. It is commonly found in many kopitiam near HDB flats. For us, we feel the pain of paying and we have to search for it.

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    orig china lake hairy crab is smaller than my clenched fist. it is stuffed & overflowed with egg/roe, and when steamed just right, the roe is doughty and yet creamy. If overcooked, its hard and then u just wa$ted your dough!

    its been priced at min. RM100per orig crab since a decade ago, and looks like inflation has yet to catch up or there are more imitation/cultured farms now...5* hotel here (following HKongee's) will have waitress (maybe even dressed in china concubine-kinda outfit) by ye side, delicately cracking&deshelling the hairy crab and subserviently serve you like ahpek emperor of olde.

    RM75/kg can buy you the same but BIG mangrove crabs fulla roe, BBQ just right and also cooked thai yellow curried style, eat until gelat, in LOS...heck! even Tg Tokong temple BBQ roe crab at RM45/kg (4 small ones with roe) will have u gelating away! Too much!

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    The hairy crabs from Yangchen Lu (or Yangchen Lake) which is located about an hour's drive from Shanghai along the old highway towards Suzhou are available between mid September to probably late November / early December. It is best to have the crabs by the restaurants by the lake, serenaded by musicians in full traditional costumes (and colorful makeups even for the men) playing the Chinese flute and two (or was it three...) strings violins... and washed down with yrllow rice wine in little clay vases.... and the cool cool pre-winter breeze blowing at you from across the lake smelling of crab shit LOL! About RM15 a piece at these places... so now you know how much those crabby importers make every year?

    But one thing Lato, very very nice experience, very very tasty if baked properly and eaten burning hot off the charcoal pit... one day I take you there... let the coal prices go up a little bit okay....

    * p.s. don't order hairy crabs at Shang... 2 pieces each for you and your Mum on Mother's day will take you down RM600++ even no need for the yellow rice wine to take you down, you will pengsan on the floor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justme123 View Post
    "Malaysians are paying between RM100 and RM300 for a single crab .."

    Have never tried these type of crabs.
    I wonder it is worth the money?
    Anyone tried, how it is different from our local, Indonesian or Sri Langka ones?
    I have tried it.

    Other than a girl who will breakup the crab for you piece by piece,
    I don't feel any difference.

    It is small and expensive.

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    I try to find an old post on this Yangcheng crab I posted years ago with the nick of Sagamihara, but no avails...

    Ok.. I tried in PRC many many years ago.. I stopped eating this crab after I was “advised “ by a good friend there .

    This crab is originated from Yangcheng Lake (阳澄湖), and only from Yangcheng lake, no other place.

    Because of demand far exceeded supply, Yangcheng crabs are farmed in other fresh water lakes in PRC.

    When these crabs are near to mature size, they are transferred to Yangcheng lake to soak into the lake water for few weeks and then sell as Yangcheng crab..

    The problem with these psedo-Yangcheng crab is --- > crabs are crustacean which feed on animal carcasses..

    In a natural habitat – sea/lake, this is all right, the animal carcasses will settle to the bottom..

    But when come to big-scale farming – these crabs are feed with animal carcasses (dog, cat, chicken, whatever dead craps you can imagine) in a very congested condition !!

    Mainland Chinese are much more affluent now compare to years ago when my friend told me about this crab story and hence I guess the supply is even far more exceeded the supply now.

    Just pray and hope those purchasing folks in the expensive reataurants and hotels know what they are buying - the real Yangcheng crabs... or the pseudo crappy crabs...


    ps. I like seafood and I cook seafood every weekend... I will only buy SEA CRABS from the fishmongers I know.. and I will always ask the restaurateurs where the crabs came from before I order crabs for dinner. If the restaurateur lie to me or if he was con by the supplier, than just too bad.

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    Rhiga-san, the crabs hatched in Yangchen Lake have a brand - ie branded - and these are available only in a few selected restaurants around the lake, they guarantee you these crabs are not those transferred from other lakes...

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    i simply LUV Hai...cant pronounce it right tune/tone in canto, without seriously embarassing meself , I can take it/them in everywhich way as long as its/they r fresh and no dead fishy smell.

    SM, is that Tj Tokong Temple restaurant still a selling the roe-crabs? and also the salt baked prawns? then tummy to be loaded up with fried hokkien mee? u Wanna go makan there 1fine moonlit evening..if u aint iron-ore hunting in Flores, i ride up we go makan, talk shop, smoke cigar, sip wine, eat hairless local crabs? How ? ai-sai-bo?

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    p/s Take all the above with a XL salted duck egg, wash down with 2fingers of sodium hypochoride, and suck on to a pebble size tmn negara Rock salt

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiangMalam View Post
    Rhiga-san, the crabs hatched in Yangchen Lake have a brand - ie branded - and these are available only in a few selected restaurants around the lake, they guarantee you these crabs are not those transferred from other lakes...

    Yup.. I think they have a quality system now after the crab become such an important money-generating “commodity”..

    But then again, this is PRC when all crappy things can happen when come to food especially when they export to feed the blur-blurr overseas chinaman abroad

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    Come, Lato Tupai, we go Batu Maung Jetty or to End of the World at Telok Bahang... crabs, lobster thermidor and big headed prawns on me, beer on you, deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhiga View Post
    Yup.. I think they have a quality system now after the crab become such an important money-generating “commodity”..

    But then again, this is PRC when all crappy things can happen when come to food especially when they export to feed the blur-blurr overseas chinaman abroad
    Yes, true... that is why it is good to go with some locals from the F&B industry like Tiger Beer people or Coke people. They scared of F&B people....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiangMalam View Post
    Come, Lato Tupai, we go Batu Maung Jetty or to End of the World at Telok Bahang... crabs, lobster thermidor and big headed prawns on me, beer on you, deal?
    Talking about crabs & prawns, etc. Have u guys tried eating seafood at Bali Hai in Penang? Is the food there good? How about the pricing? I intend to try out the food there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ng View Post
    I have tried it.

    Other than a girl who will breakup the crab for you piece by piece,
    I don't feel any difference.

    It is small and expensive.
    Not sure if you were served the real hairy ones. It's the roe that sends you to 7th heaven ! The rest of the crab is like dessert. Some friends dont even bother to eat the meat of the crab. Anyway, to eat the meat from the legs, one need to pick up some skill, otherwise it's a bit of a struggle because the legs are so small !! Maybe next time I should do a u-tube to share with others how to enjoy the legs of a hairy crab. Unfortunately, me too have given up on these crabs because of all these fake thingy. So the art stays with me !! Hahaha !!

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    Normally Xiao Long Bao are made from pork skin/belly/fat.

    But during Hairy Crabs season, some Xiao Long Bao are made from the meats/roes of hairy crabs in certain restaurants.

    They are not cheap and each hairy crab Xiao Long Bao costs HK$34/ + +


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