Hairy crabs, available only during the ninth and tenth months of the lunar calendar, are highly coveted for its buttery roe and sweet flesh. Celebrate the yearly affair at Yàn, where these seasonal delights are offered as à la carte dishes (from $22.80++) or an elaborate six-course set menu ($158++ per person).
From the à la carte selection, feast on the season’s bounty with the classic Steamed Hairy Crab ($88++ per 250g crab), served with a traditional dipping sauce of black vinegar and slivers of ginger, or choose the Pumpkin Broth with Hairy Crab Meat ($28++ per serving). Offering an enticing contrast of textures is the Stewed Bamboo Pith and Luffa with Hairy Crab Meat ($48++; small), while the luscious Poached Noodles with Hairy Crab Meat ($22.80++ per person) highlights its exquisite silky flesh.
The six-course Hairy Crab Feast Set Menu ($158++ per person; min 2 persons) satiates one’s appetite for the freshwater crustaceans with Crispy Bean Curd and Seasonal Vegetables with Hairy Crab Meat Sauce and a whole Steamed Hairy Crab. Complementing these dishes are classic Cantonese delights such as the Wok-Fried Crayfish with Ee Fu Noodles, before the meal concludes with a refreshing Double-boiled Hashima in Ginger Tea.
To complete the hairy crab indulgence, diners are recommended the 8-Year-Old Shao Hsing Rice Wine ($78++ per 750ml bottle) for a traditional pairing.