Are you a fan of seafood? These claw-some hairy crab menus in Hong Kong will get you going: Holy crab!
Autumn is all about cycling, camping, and hiking. And if you’re looking to treat yourself after all that exercise, a hairy crab feast would be your perfect reward this season. Loved for its umami and its rich, buttery roe, the hairy crab is considered a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. Because hairy crabs are only available for a short time every year (usually at their peak from October to November), and because farming them demands conditions of the highest quality, the supply is limited and costs can be exceptionally high. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the coveted crustacean, or looking to try it for the first time, these hairy crab menus in Hong Kong will not disappoint.
Best hairy crabs in Hong Kong 2021
1. Ming Court
Ming Court, the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant in the Cordis hotel, is presenting a six-course Hairy Crab Degustation Menu (from $1,288 per person) with tea pairing this season. Available for dinner until 28 November, this menu features the hairy crab along with other deluxe ingredients, such as caviar, lobster, and bird’s nest. Highlights include Steamed Shanghainese Dumpling with Crab Roe and Crab Meat; Steamed Whole Hairy Crab; Superior Rich Broth with Crab Roe, Crab Meat, and Bird’s Nest; and more.
Ming Court, Level 6, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 3552 3300, 旺角上海街555號香港康得思酒店6樓明閣
2. Ying Jee Club
Two-Michelin-starred Ying Jee Club is introducing its first ever Hairy Crab Menu (from $1,880 per person), handcrafted by Executive Chef Siu Hin-chi. Available until the end of November, the seven-course menu includes a Steamed Whole Hairy Crab from Yangcheng Lake; Steamed Seafood Dumpling with Hairy Crab Meat and Caviar; Braised Tianjin Cabbage with Hairy Crab Meat and Fish Maw; and more. Aside from the set menu, Ying Jee Club is also offering a selection of a la carte dishes featuring hairy crab, such as Imperial Bird’s Nest Broth with Hairy Crab Meat and Egg White (from $380 per person), and Sautéed Leopard Coral Garoupa with Vegetables and Hairy Crab Meat (from $780).
Ying Jee Club, Shop G05, 107 & 108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, p. 2801 6882, 中環干諾道中41號盈置大廈地下G05、107及108號舖營致會館
Available until 30 November, Michelin-starred Duddell’s special six-course tasting menu (from $1,388 per person) puts the spotlight on premium hairy crabs from Hokkaido. The feast begins with some Cantonese classics, such as xiao long bao with hairy crab coral. This is followed by a steamed whole Hokkaido hairy crab and pan-fried garoupa with hairy crab coral. After two other courses, the meal wraps up with a selection of desserts, such as walnut cookies and red date pudding. In addition to a series of sake pairings (from $680 per person) curated by Duddell’s sommelier Derek Li, you can also order various a la carte hairy crab dishes, such as the pan-fried stuffed lotus root cake with hairy crab coral ($288), and seasonal vegetables with hairy crab coral and egg white ($328).
Duddell’s is the Gold Winner for our Love Local Awards 2021 – Best Dim Sum Restaurant category, proving its superb quality and popularity! Check out our full list of winners.
Duddell’s, Levels 3 & 4, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2525 9191, 中環都爹利街1號3至4樓都爹利會館
4. The Drunken Pot
The cooler weather calls for hearty soups and hot pots, so what’s better than getting both of these and premium hairy crab at The Drunken Pot? The hot pot restaurant is debuting its Hairy Crab Pot Feast (from $568 per person) this year, which features a variety of hairy crab roe-infused hot pot ingredients, to be cooked in a creamy soup base made with hairy crab roe, Three Yellow Chicken, and fish maw. Moreover, you can order a la carte hairy crab dishes, too, such as the Bean Jelly Noodles with Hairy Crab Roe ($288). Don’t forget to order some hua diao (Chinese yellow wine) (from $138) to pair with your feast, as this drink can bring out the sweetness of the hairy crab.
The Drunken Pot (酒鍋) has locations in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui.
5. Tsui Hang Village
Also debuting the first ever hairy crab set menu (from $678 per person) this year is Tsui Hang Village, a Cantonese restaurant with over 45 years of history. Until 16 December, you can savour two hairy crabs from Jiangsu, a whole Crispy Roast Pigeon, and a range of artisan hairy crab coral dishes at Tsui Hang Village. Highlights include the Sautéed King Prawns with Asparagus and Hairy Crab Coral, as well as the Crab Meat and Wensi Tofu Tread Soup. Furthermore, you can complement your meal with sake or Chinese wine pairings.
Note that you need to reserve your seats at least two days in advance. Psst – service charge and tea charge are waived if you make your booking via Mira eShop!
Tsui Hang Village (翠亨邨) has several locations across Hong Kong.
6. The Legacy House
The Legacy House’s popular hairy crab menu has returned! Using the finest hairy crabs sourced from Taihu in Mainland China, Rosewood’s Chinese Executive Chef Li Chi-wai has renewed the hairy crab a la carte and set menus this season. Apart from the six-course Hairy Crab Set Menu (from $2,680 per person), guests can also savour exquisite hairy crab dishes such as the Traditional Whole Hairy Crab ($980) and Wok-fried Lionfish served with hairy crab cream ($880). To further elevate your dining experience, you can even add Alba white truffle shavings to your hairy crab dishes ($100 per gram), or complement your meal with three premier Japanese whiskies.
The Legacy House, Level Five, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 3891 8732, 尖沙咀梳士巴利道18號香港瑰麗酒店5樓彤福軒
7. Mott 32
One of our fave dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, Mott 32’s Seasonal Hairy Crab Menu (from $1,380 per person) is certainly not to be missed. Until 15 December, you’ll be able to enjoy unique starters including the Hairy Crab Roe and Minced Pork Soup Dumpling; Hairy Crab Claw with Hawthorn Jelly, and Hairy Crab Roe Soup with Gac Fruit. These are followed by the Steamed Whole Hairy Crab, and mains such as the popular Tossed Shanghainese Noodles with Hairy Crab Roe; Traditional Braised Pork Belly; and Baked Mandarin Fish in Hairy Crab Shell. To wrap up the meal, savour the refreshing Soya Milk Ice Cream with Ginger Jelly, and the traditional Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Red Bean Paste. If you’d like to pair your meal with some drinks, a wine pairing is available for an extra $480 per person.
Mott 32 is the Silver Winner for our Love Local Awards 2021 – Best Dim Sum Restaurant category, so be sure to give this fantastic restaurant a try if you haven’t already!
Mott 32, Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2885 8688, 中環德輔道中4-4A號渣打銀行大廈地庫卅二公館
8. Greater China Club
Looking for more hairy crab menus in Hong Kong? Try the Golden Autumn Hairy Crab Set Menu (from $888 per person) at Greater China Club. Not only does this decadent nine-course menu offer traditional items, such as the Steamed Jiangsu Hairy Crab (paired with a glass of hua diao), and Steamed Xiao Long Bao with Hairy Crab Roe, but it also features more innovative recipes. Examples include Baked Hairy Crab Meat with Cheese and Wild Mushroom; and the Steamed Bean Curd with Hairy Crab Roe in Pumpkin Sauce. A la carte items are also available, with the Double-boiled Yellow Croaker and Minced Pork Meatball with Hairy Crab Roe ($158), and Sautéed Prawns with Hairy Crab Roe Served with Crispy Rice ($268) being two of the highlights.
Greater China Club, Unit A, 10/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2743 8055, 荔枝角長義街9號D2 Place 1期10樓A號舖大公館
9. The Atrium Chinese Restaurant
The HKCEC offers much more than just events and exhibitions – The Atrium Chinese Restaurant on the first floor is also worth visiting, especially with the new seasonal crab menu, which is available until 31 December. Designed by Executive Sous Chef Kon Chu Kwong, the eight-course Autumn Crab Indulgence dinner set menu (from $688 per person) includes a trio of appetisers, followed by Crab Coral Soup with Fish Maw and Scallops; King Prawn with Crab Roe; Crab Meat and Cod Fish with Egg White Pouch; and more. You can also order various a la carte dishes featuring the hairy crab, such as the classic Steamed Fresh Hairy Crab ($350) and Wok-fried Crab with White Pepper ($880).
The Atrium Chinese Restaurant, Level One, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2582 7332, 灣仔港灣道1號香港會議展覽中心1樓中庭
10. Yat Heen
Available until 15 November, Yat Heen’s Succulent Hairy Crab Feast set menu (from $938 per person) offers eight exquisite courses crafted with fresh hairy crabs from Jiangsu. The feast begins with Shanghainese Dumplings Stuffed with Hairy Crab, and next comes the must-have Steamed Hairy Crab. These are followed by the nourishing Braised Fish Maw with Hairy Crab Coral, and Braised Bean Curd Soup and Gum Tragacanth with Hairy Crab Coral. Items to look out for in the a la carte menu include Scrambled Egg White and Milk with Hairy Crab Coral ($328), as well as the creative Hairy Crab Coral Ice Cream ($288) – sounds intriguing!
Yat Heen, 2/F, Alva Hotel by Royal, 1 Yuen Hong Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, p. 3653 1112, 沙田源康街1號帝逸酒店2樓逸軒
11. Sushi Hakucho
Led by veteran Japanese culinary master Harada Makoto, Sushi Hakucho is launching four new dishes to headline the delicacies of Jiangsu hairy crab and Alba white truffle this season. Available until mid-to-late December 2021, the creations include Halibut and Bafun Sea Urchin Roll with Shanghai Hairy Crab Roe Miso and Modena Vintage Vinegar; Kumamoto A5 Wagyu with Shanghai Hairy Crab Roe Miso and Alba White Truffle; Hokuriku Snow Crab and Shanghai Hairy Crab Bean Curd Roll with Alba White Truffle and Egg Yolk Mayonnaise; and Kumamoto A5 Wagyu Carpaccio with Shanghai Hairy Crab and White Truffle Oil-flavoured Vegetables. To further your omakase experience at Sushi Hakucho, don’t miss out on Chef Harada’s personal selection of Japanese sake.
Sushi Hakucho, G13, Harbour Pinnacle, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2109 1155, 尖沙咀棉登徑8號凱譽地下13號舖鮨白鳥
12. Ye Shanghai
One of our go-tos for Shanghainese cuisine in Hong Kong, Ye Shanghai is launching its hairy crab set menu (from $880 per person) once again this year. Available until 30 November, the set menu features five starters, one soup, six mains, and one dessert. Highlights include the Braised Bird’s Nest with Hairy Crab Meat; Steamed Hairy Crab; Baked Stuffed Crab Shell; and Steamed Crab Meat and Pork Dumplings. You can add extra hairy crabs ($200 per piece) to your meal, too. Furthermore, Ye Shanghai offers a complimentary carafe of tai diao wine for every two guests enjoying this set menu. Or, you can choose to have a glass of red wine each instead.
Ye Shanghai (夜上海) has locations in Admiralty and Tsim Sha Tsui.