As the weather cools and the padded jackets are dusted down for the incoming winter winds, there’s only one thing on our minds: hairy crabs. More precisely, hairy crabs in vending machines. Famous for their oil and roe, everyone is looking for a taste of these rich flavours and it appears that Nanjing is pushing the boundaries of tradition by setting up their own hairy crab vending machines.
The crabs, available in varying sizes, are kept at a temperature of 5-10 degrees Celsius, just cold enough to keep the crabs in a state of hibernation. From 10-50 yuan, you too can celebrate hairy crab season with great convenience. The idea was developed by a company from Gaochun County that believes without the fees needed for staff, crab prices can be made more affordable.Not enough flavour? Never fear, vinegar is here (and located in small bottles at the bottom of the vending machine).
If you’re feeling lucky, try out the machine and see if you can get a dead crab, meaning you’ll get another three for free! That’s way better than just going to one of the city’s many wet markets and only getting guaranteed live ones, right? Right?