Yangcheng Lake

Trade in fake Yangcheng Lake hairy crabs rampant

Hairy crabs

It's hairy crab season again, but most people tucking into the famed Yangcheng Lake variety will probably be eating high-priced fakes.

Saturday, 6 October, 2012, 4:29am 3 comments

Time to get cracking

Like spaghetti bolognaise, hairy crab is not a great dish for a first date. It spits and squirts as you tear it apart, suck out the bright orange roe and poke meat out of its spindly legs. It's easy to end up wearing it - and a liberal sprinkling of saffron-coloured crab oil is not a good look.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

HKU panel meets on security controversy

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Prized hairy crabs escape worst of drought

Local foodies concerned that this year's drought could deprive them of the chance of tucking into 'hairy crabs' this autumn can rest easy - so long as they are willing to pay for the privilege.

Contrary to market fears, crab farmers on Yangcheng Lake in Jiangsu province - the region's most famous source of the delicacy - are looking forward to a bumper crop.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Imposing water-purity laws will kill off our livelihood, say concerned crab farmers

Fishermen in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, are angry over their regional government's plan to ban the farming of hairy crabs in Yangcheng Lake in an attempt to protect a water source for more than 10 million people.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Water quality fears will mean a price hike for famous hairy crabs

Authorities will cut the amount of space allocated to breeding the popular Yangcheng Lake hairy crab by 60 per cent this year, and probably down to zero by next year, in a bid to save the lake's water quality.

21 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Crab smuggling crackdown amid poison fear

It's Mid-Autumn Festival: hairy crabs, wax burning - and warnings

Anti-smuggling measures were stepped up yesterday on hairy crabs on the eve of the Mid- Autumn Festival amid reports suggesting crabs from a famous mainland lake could be contaminated with arsenic.

17 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Breeders tear their hair after hijacking of coveted crab

Expensive and sophisticated laser technology fails to deter a flood of fakes

A highly prized hairy crab unique to a lake near Suzhou has become the target of pirates, who have hijacked the crustaceans' brand and flooded the Shanghai market with fakes despite the use of laser technology to protect its name.

20 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

East Ocean has long served authentic Cantonese fare in Hong Kong and continues to maintain a firm footing in the local culinary scene. On our recent visit to the Wan Chai outlet, there was a promotion on freshwater crabs from Yangcheng Lake on the mainland, one of the favourite delicacies among people here in Hong Kong.

20 Oct 2000 - 12:00am