SHANGHAI HAIRY CRAB FEAST
Ever wondered why Shanghai goes crab crazy two months out of the year? Find out why, and also discover the reasons Tang Dynasty poets immortalized these crabs in verse millennia ago with this hairy crab feast. This tour's main focus is showcasing this local delicacy at 2-3 local eateries. You'll walk through the streets of Shanghai's Old Town, an area that is currently disappearing lane by lane, and sample several classic hairy crab dishes, including xiefen xiaolongbao (pure crab steamed soup dumplings) and crab roe wontons. You’ll also learn the multi-step process to cracking open the crab, and discover the Traditional Chinese Medicine reason why you should pair it with plenty of huangjiu (Chinese brandy).
All profits from our specialty tours this autumn will go to Shanghai Young Bakers. The charity program provides a one-year fully-sponsored training in bakery and pastry to underprivileged Chinese youth, most of whom have lost parents or are supporting ill or disabled relatives. Thank you for eating good and doing good with us!
EXPLORE OLD TOWN
You’ll see how locals live (and eat) in some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods on the outskirts of Shanghai’s former walled city – before the wrecking ball turns this area into high-rise apartment buildings.
LEARN ALL ABOUT HAIRY CRAB
From telling the difference between the sexes (and which one is in season) to what bits NOT to eat of the crab to what catadromous means, we’ll walk you through the whole process and turn you into a hairy crab expert by the end of the night.
SUPPORT A LOCAL CHARITY
All profits from this tour will go directly to Shanghai Young Bakers, a charity program that supports the training of underprivileged Chinese youth in high-demand culinary jobs around the city. Thanks for your support!
SAMPLE MULTIPLE HAIRY CRAB DISHES
From xiaolongbao to noodles, you’ll taste the most delicious ways locals integrate the delicious hairy crab meat and roe in their cuisine when autumn arrives.
GET UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH YOUR FOOD
Eating a hairy crab requires special knowledge – you can’t just crack into these delicacies willy-nilly! We’ll show you the steps to eating them like a Shanghainese, and give you a recipe to try at home.
SIP LOCAL CHINESE BRANDY
There’s a reason why Shanghainese diners always pair their hairy crab dishes with ginger, vinegar and brandy. First, it tastes delicious. Second, Traditional Chinese Medicine!
*Each tour has 2 seated stops offering a tasting of 8 dishes.
We cannot cater to those with shellfish allergies, pork dietary restrictions or vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free guests on this tour.