by June Leung on Oct 9, 2017

Expat's Guide: Reasons Why Locals Are Crazy About Crabs

Expat's Guide: Reasons Why Locals Are Crazy About Crabs

From a tiny fishing village to one of Asia's most dynamic cities, Hong Kong is proud to claim its reputable name for “Gourmet Paradise” and “World’s Fair of Food”. When it comes to complex combinations and international gourmet expertise, crab dishes are definitely out of the question. Why may you ask? Here are 5 reasons why we locals are crazy about crabs:

1. It’s in our Hong Kong blood

Before Hong Kong developed into an entrepot and major international financial hub, Hong Kong began as a fishing village and salt production site. Ample supplies of seafood provided villagers with the freshest ingredients for their meals, red crabs and three-spotted crabs were commonly cooked in various ways.

Known as the “Venice of Hong Kong”, what remains of the fishing village can be found near the western side of Hong Kong Island in Tai O. The traditional salted fish and shrimp paste are sold at storefronts and boat tours along the rivers of pang uks (stilt houses) are given to tourists for a small fee. Tourists often visit Tai O for scenic hiking trips and stay for the delectable seafood feasts.

2. November is Crabbing Season

Crabbing season is when crabs are meatier at this time of year and abundant in mid-Bay waters. And also cheaper.

Although you may catch crabs all year round, November is the prime time for fishers’ to maximize their catch. This implies that the ample supply of crabs will offer the freshest and best crustacean ingredients in town. So keep your eyes peeled for Maryland crabs, Dungeness crabs, red crabs, blue crabs and snow crabs! 

3. Crabs are Difficult to Cook at Home

Cooking crabs at home may be a tiresome chore when it comes to cleaning them, cooking them and deshelling them. With all the carapace and mandibles, cracking open crabs weakens our excitement to dig into the sweet crustacean goodness.

So why not head out and have professionals prepared crabs for us instead? Crabs cannot only be prepared in various ways but also eaten in a number of methods. As the paradise of gourmet, almost every restaurant in Hong Kong can offer a wonderful seafood dining experience like no other.

4. Food for Large Groups

It is a local custom to gather in large groups and feast on crabs together. Whether you are headed for a prestigious dining hall or a random dai pai dong down the street.

Dai Pai Dongs (open-air food stalls) are the quintessential Hong Kong food experience as they are known for a diversity of low-priced wok hei dishes. Cooked in large woks over blazing fires, large groups gather to eat at dai pai dongs and catch up over a cold beer or glass bottled Cokes.

5. The Crab of Many Faces

Another benefit of the crab is that it can be served in any cuisine possible. Whether it is served as a risotto, shredded and baked in a crab shell with cheese or even consumed raw- the possibilities are endless!

That is why locals are on an endless journey to feast on crabs and we would like to invite you to embark on this journey as well! Available from November 1 to 30, 2017, FeedMe Guru collaborates with the Hong Kong Tourism Board to bring a month’s worth of exclusive crab tasting menus. With 60+ restaurants and 5-star hotels creating the ultimate crab feast, these claws are definitely worth the detour!

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