Hairy Crab Guide: 6 Simple Steps to Eat Hairy Crabs

Hairy Crab Guide: 6 Simple Steps to Eat Hairy Crabs

What you need: Pair of scissors, small spoon and gloves (optional).

What you need: Pair of scissors, small spoon and gloves (optional).

Hairy Crab Guide: 6 Simple Steps to Eat Hairy Crabs

Step 1. Break off pincers and legs from the crab. Hairy crabs are prized for their crab roe (or butter, for male crabs), so we want to get to that part first.

Hairy Crab Guide: 6 Simple Steps to Eat Hairy Crabs

Step 2. Pry open the top shell by lifting it open from the behind. Use spoon to enjoy any roe at the top shell area.

Hairy Crab Guide: 6 Simple Steps to Eat Hairy Crabs
You can find the small white ‘heart’ at the center of the crab. (Grills and heart have already been removed in the photo.)

Step 3. Remove and discard the finger-like gills and a tiny jellied ‘heart’ center—it is considered too ‘cooling’ and can cause discomfort if consumed.

Hairy Crab Guide: 6 Simple Steps to Eat Hairy Crabs

Step 4. Break the crab body in half to reveal more roe and dig in.

Hairy Crab Guide: 6 Simple Steps to Eat Hairy Crabs

Step 5. Make 2 cuts (about 45-degrees) on the largest segment of the crab legs. After removing the claw tip from the other segment, insert the narrower segment into the larger segment to push out the flesh. I usually ignore the narrow segments as it is a lot of effort for very little flesh.

Hairy Crab Guide: 6 Simple Steps to Eat Hairy Crabs

Step 6. After removing the 2 smaller segments from the crab claw, cut along lengthwise on both side to reveal the meat.

Pictured: Steamed hairy crab ($60 each) from Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore. For reservations, please call +65 68395623.

Jazpster
Jazpster

What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

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