Mid-October to mid-February is peak time for dining on Shanghai’s beloved crustacean: the hairy crab 大闸蟹 (dàzháxiè). During this time, the waters at the Yangtze River delta turns colder, forcing crabs to move less and thus fatten from inactivity and produce roe for the mating season.
Restaurants serving Crab dishes:
- Fu 1039, 1039 Yu Yuan Road, Shanghai; phone +0215237-1878
- Xin Jiulong Tang, 920 Tonchuan Road (at the wholesale seafood market), no English spoken; phone +0216265-8977 or +0216254-2268
- Xinguang Jiujia, 512 Tianjin Lu, Shanghai +0216322-3978
- Ye Shanghai, House 6, North Block Xintiandi, Lane 181, Taicang Road, Shanghai; phone +0216311-2323
Source: The beijinger.