Sunday, October 26, 2008

Waaaaa... Hairy Crabs!!! ( 哗。。。。大閘蟹!!)

My wife got back from China last Friday.... and she brought along..... HAIRY CRAAAAABSSS!!! This crustacean is a well known delicacy for the Chinese, and it's only available during autumn season. It's quite pricey, especially after China had opens it's gate to the world.

True to it's name, the crabs were rather hairy, especially on the legs and the claws.

How to cook them? It's rather simple (and people prefer to cook them in such manner so that we can savour the original fragrant taste of the crab). Boil some water, add in some salt, a few slices of ginger and a spoon or two of wine to enhance the taste.

Wait till the water come to a boil, then put in the crab one by crab, while they're still alive. (Never, ever, never and ever consume crabs that are already dead before cooking, especially the hairy crabs and mud crabs)


The crabs will be ready in 10 minutes.

The crabs will change colour from greyish brown to orange red. Not the massively hairy claws, that's where they got their name.

Most people would prefer the females due to their aromatic and salivating roe. To differentiate the gender, just turn them upside down, and examine their dorsal pattern. The one on the left is a female, while the other two are the males.
It's recommended to serve hot. Therefore, immediately after removing from the boiling water, open up the shell and DIG IN! The roe are normally attached to the shell.

OOoooooo...... sooooo Yummmyyyyy......

p/s. Hairy crabs are available at selected local restaurants, selling at RM80 to RM200 each depending on the size and gender.

23 comments:

wahaza extra said...

Wow! Thats expensive? Must be really good, sadly binatang dua alam can't be eaten by me... on other notes; the upside down part of the carb look like the Predator (movie), especially when it's open; hihi

Inah said...

what? while it's alive?? josh..how could u??

the crab looks horrifying though :P

[danial][ma] said...

hej! josh...haiyah, why don't you shave the crab first...and that wasn't wine..you add some scotch whisky...but ok also la...heheheheee...

Faisal Admar said...

haha. i'd agree with danial. shave first the crab!

budleee said...

mud crabs are dua alam???


why the crab must be alive?

RizaL said...

ahaahah when u flipped that crab, there's two male crabs and one female crab.... hehehe... (i dunno why that information is important)

RizaL said...

oh yeah, i still can't eat animals that still has it physical looks, funny that way huh...

Josh said...

[Wahaza] Yup, it is THAT expensive. And the price is going up each year.
As for the dua alam thingy. I'm not sure what it meant by dua alam. But refering to their physiology, crabs are breathing using gills, just like fish. Their capability of roaming on land for a short period of time is due to the brilliant protection of the gills in chamber under their body, keeping their gills moist while they are on land.
To my opinion, it's not dua alam, which would refer to amphibian i presume.

[Inah] Yes, while alive. That's they way to ensure they are fresh. Or, u can kill them before u kill them. Both ways, we're still killing them. But the question is, how to kill them without rupturing the shell so that the taste and aroma is completely sealed within. Any idea?

[Danial] Hairy nice maa... hahaha... We're not eating the hair anyway. As for the wine, I meant liquor. Any type of liquor would do. My wife prefer whisky instead.

[Faisal] Erm, mind to teach me how to shave? I'd not been shaving myself! hehehehe

[Bud] I don't think mud crab is dua alam. Read my reply on Wahaza's comment.
Why the crab must be alive? It's simply because crabs contain lots of microbe in the intestine. Once it's dead, the microbes will take action and decay starts almost immediately, and that's toxic! Deep sea crabs are a bit different, their intestine contain low level of microbes.

[Rizal] Hahahahahaha... motif tanya soalan camni??
The info IS VERY important, if u want to buy these hairy crabs. The female are more expensive, but if u do not know how to differentiate, u might be cheated! It's expensive tau.
Really?? u can't eat animals that still has it physical looks? how about fish? anchovies? or clamp? kerang? lala? heheh

PUTUBAMBU said...

so hairy...!

Josh said...

[Putu] hahahah... dah tu nama dia.. hahaha

wahdi said...

Must taste damn good! eh Josh?

RizaL said...

Josh.. i dont eat seafood hehehehe.... keh keh keh i got fat just eating chickens n cows hehehe all cut up nicely though hehehe

Khapeace Khalead said...

It looks great :)

Josh said...

[Wahdi] Oh Ya! DAMN good! That's why many people are crazy about this crab, especially those from Hong Kong.

[Rizal] aiyooo...... you had missed all the fun.. hahaha

[khapeace khalead] Looks great, and taste great!!

Tropical Banana said...

Thx a bunch for giving my family a few :) The roe(plural), looked gross but extremely savory <3 It was really nice of you guys to give us a few.

I was like :O when my dad cooked them. And they're still all tied up while being boiled alive. What if they get claustrophobic?

Josh said...

[Banana] I'm glad u like it.
Claustrophobic? they will when they're in you tummy.

Tropical Banana said...

:O Gross.

Lol.

yazrie said...

suker crab...tapi tak suker nak kopek kulit dia..penat..isi sikit, kulit je banyok....! ;P

Josh said...

[Yaz] Ye ke Yaz? ntah-ntah crab yang Yaz makan tu baby crab kot, takde isi.

yazrie said...

nmpk mcm Papa Crab jer...?

Josh said...

[Yaz] tak pandai menilai ler tu, budak diingatkan bapak. ish... tak gi sekolah ke?

Beruang Madu said...

errrrr.... errrr.... errrrr... Abg Bear lemah semangat nak buat idup idup lerr.... kita lemaskan dalam air dulu takleh ker atau bagi pil tido dulu...

Josh said...

[beruang madu] hahaha... kalo lemah semangat masak dia hidup-hidup, boleh je abg bear bunuh ketam tu dulu.
Erk?? camner ketam boleh lemas kalo dia memang dah hidup dalam air??