Eating crayfish is a favourite pastime in China, especially while watching the World Cup . Photo: Simon Song

How American crayfish invaded Chinese hearts and stomachs, and how to cook and eat them safely

The red crustacean was introduced to China by the Japanese, who kept them as pets. Set free at the end of the second world war, they flourished and, popularised initially by migrants, have become a culinary favourite

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Eating crayfish is a favourite pastime in China, especially while watching the World Cup . Photo: Simon Song
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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.