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Where to go for hairy crabs in Singapore (2019)

Hairy crab are in season – here are some of the best places to savour this autumn delicacy.

The hairy crab is a seasonal indulgence, which is only available during the autumn period. The sweetness from its fine-textured flesh (albeit not as meaty as flower or Sri Lankan crabs) is wonderful, but it is the marvelous, creamy golden crab roe that will leave you wanting more.

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It is said that the female crabs are best during the ninth month of the lunar calendar and the male crabs the tenth, so do take note if you are particular. For those who prefer not to get too hands-on, there are also a good number of luscious dishes prepared with hairy crab meat and roe, all ready for your dining pleasure. Enjoy.

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  • Yan at National Gallery steamed hairy crab

    Yàn at the National Gallery Singapore

    This hairy Crab season, Yàn presents a specially curated repertoire of dishes using classic Cantonese culinary techniques to showcase the exquisite flavours of this celebrated crustacean. Ever-popular favourites include traditional steamed hairy crab, silky beancurd broth with hairy crab meat and poached noodles with hairy crab meat. A special 6-course hairy crab festival menu is also available, featuring a selection of dishes such as barbecue combination platter and crispy fried cod fish fillet with house special sauce.

    Available from 11 November to 11 December 2019

    Yàn, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Road. Tel: 6384 5585.

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