In season right now: the hairy crab (毛蟹) or otherwise known as “da-zha-xie” or big hairy crab (大闸蟹) is an iconic autumn delicacy in Shanghai cuisine and eastern China. Normal hairy crabs can be eaten all year round, whereas the big hairy crab are eaten between September and November (that’s now!). They’re prized for the female crab roe, which ripen in the 9th lunar month and the males in the 10th. Many may not know this, but only those heavier than 150 grams can be classified as big hairy crabs. Now let’s get ready to crack, crunch and suck out the best bits of Shanghai’s iconic delicacy.
While Yangcheng Lake is famous for their crabs, it’s not the only breeding ground for da-zha-xie in China. In fact, there are many freshwater lakes in the region that breed big hairy crabs. Chubby Xie’s crab farm is located in Xinhua, in China’s Jiangsu province. It has a reputation of being a land of plentiful produce with beautiful weather all year round. The area has many freshwater lakes, receives abundant light and is one of the main ports for harvesting produces and fish. The fertile soil is so rich in natural nutrients and the pure and clean water streams are the main reasons why their harvests and produces are bountiful. It is from this land of wonder that Chubby Xie’s red hairy crabs originate.
From his crab farm to your table, Chubby Xie harvests and feeds his young crabs with nutritious feeds such as small fish, river shrimps and corn. After four official shedding processes, the lively red crabs are ready to be served on your dinner table!
His crabs are different from other hairy crabs as he tends them with proper nutrition and provides them with a clean water environment, ideal for the red crabs to grow and flourish. The crabs have pearly white bellies, shiny exteriors, golden hair, sweet and succulent meat and all comes with a rich red paste, packed with essential amino acids – perfect for your Autumn gatherings spent with family and friends.
When it comes to food safety, extra attention on water quality is needed. The Xinghua lake is nationally recognised as having a Grade Two standard of good water quality, which means the water is exceptionally clear and clean. There are no residential living areas around the farm, which is one of the most important guarantees against water contamination and pollution. Each day, water at the crab farms is filtered with fresh new river water, to make sure the crab farm’s water quality will not negatively affect the crabs. This is one of Chubby Xie’s biggest secrets to prevent using fish pesticides to eliminate negative algae and bacteria growth in the water. It also eliminates any risks of drug residues left in the water. Be safe assured Chubby Xie’s red hairy crabs are more than just edible, prepare to be wowed.
Here’s how you eat hairy crab like a pro
Now you’re probably thinking, where can I get my hands on these amazing red hairy crabs? You can get them delivered to your doorstep (anywhere in China!) within 48 hours. Just place your order in the signup form below, choose your package and wait for your order to be shipped out to you. Each package has ten crabs, five female and five males, and prices vary according to the crab’s dry mass, ranging from ¥388 to ¥1688.
What to Expect
Chubby Xie’s Crab Farm