Five places to eat hairy crab


MIN JIANGWhat: The prized hairy crab returns to Min Jiang restaurant in a variety of dishes such as a duo of steamed xiao long bao with chilli crabmeat and baked Japanese fresh scallop with mentaiko mayonnaise paired with chilled angel hair noodles with truffle oil and hairy crab meat ($28 a person); baked hairy crab with ginger rice wine wrapped in lotus leaf ($68 a crab); and steamed hairy crab with glutinous rice served in bamboo basket ($68 each). Two set menus ($108 or $128 a person, minimum two diners) are also available. Where: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road When: Until Oct 23 Info: Call 6730-1704 or e-mail -- PHOTO: PUTIEN 

PUTIEN What: Steamed hairy crabs ($35 or $45) from Taihu Lake, known for its good quality crustaceans. The hairy crab is also used in a deep-fried crab meat cake ($19.80), with its roe as well as shrimp paste and cabbage. Where: All Putien outlets including 127 Kitchener Road, Jurong Point, and Tampines Mall. When: Until Nov 30 Info: -- PHOTO:SHERATON TOWERS

LI BAI CANTONESE RESTAURANT What: New creations on the hairy crab menu include braised bird’s nest with hairy crab meat and crab roe ($88 a person); and braised king prawn and sweet potato topped with hairy crab meat and crab roe ($36 a person). To savour the natural sweetness of the crab, opt for the steamed hairy crab ($60 a crab). Where: Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, 39 Scotts Road When: Until Nov 30 Info: Call 6839-5623 or e-mail


ROYAL PAVILION What: Royal Pavilion’s debut hairy crab menu does not only showcase the classic steamed crab, but also a modern take on the seasonal ingredient. These include baked hairy crab with wild mushroom and sake in Japanese style ($68++ a crab); flambe drunken hairy crab served with herbal soup ($68++ a crab); and flambe hairy crab with sea salt served in claypot ($68++ a crab). Where: Park Regis Singapore, Level 1, 23 Merchant Road When: Until mid-November, while stocks lastInfo: Call 6818-8851 or e-mail -- PHOTO:  HAI TIEN LO

HAI TIEN LO What: Indulge in these Chinese mitten crabs at Cantonese restaurant Hai Tien Lo. A la carte dishes include steamed hairy crab meat and crab roe with Alaska crab claw and egg white ($42, serves three); braised beancurd with pine mushrooms, hairy crab meat and crab roe ($28, serves three); steamed minced pork dumpling with hairy crab meat and roe ($6.20 for three pieces). For a more decadent meal, opt for executive chef Lai Tong Ping’s six-course menu ($168 a person, minimum two diners) which showcases different preparations of the crab. Highlights include lobster with hairy crab meat and crab roe in thick broth; and pan-fried sliced garoupa fish with crab meat, crab roe and minced pork. Where: Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard When: Until Nov 16 Info: Call 6826-8240 or e-mail