Welcome to the inaugural episode of Chinese Soundbites, a podcast series brought to you by ChinesePod and Shanghaiist. Every week we’ll be bringing you topics and words pulled straight from the headlines, in Mandarin Chinese.
This week we’re taking a look at Shanghai’s favorite son — no, not Liu Xiang — the humble hairy crab. If you’re wondering why people would put in so much effort into eating an animal with such little meat, you’ll find the answer here. It makes me wonder whether or not Shanghainese parents’ version of the “birds and bees” story involves hairy crabs…
- 大闸蟹 [dàzháxiè] hairy crab
- 公的 [gōng de] male (of animals)
- 母的 [mǔ de] female (of animals)