November 01, 2013

Shanghai Hairy Crabs! The Yearly Delicacy Is Back At Taste Paradise, Ion Orchard!

Taste Paradise at Ion Orchard has always been my family's favourite place for delectable dim sum and I'm happy to be back again this time to join Daniel for their yearly delicacy ~ Shanghai Hairy Crabs! The mere mention of this crustacean delight is enough to make me salivate (who wouldn't?). Highly prized for their sweet delicate meat and rich succulent roe, hairy crabs are truly a seasonal favorite not to be missed. It's time to prepare our tummy space to indulge in a scrumptious hairy crab feast!

From 1 October to 30 November 2013, Taste Paradise offers a choice of two six-course hairy crab set menus that are priced at $138++ and $168++ per person. It's a great opportunity to enjoy an array of exquisite hairy crab creations such as Steamed Beer Infused Hairy Crab, Double-boiled Shark's Fin Dumpling Soup with Freshly Peeled Hairy Crab Roe, Wok-fried Rice Cake with Hairy Crab Roe, Hairy Crab Roe served in Hand Roll and Braised Hairy Crab Roe with Edamame Tofu Scallop specially crafted by Executive Chef Fung Chi Keung and his team.

I feel the best way to savour the hairy crabs is to have it simply steamed for an unadulterated taste of its delicate flavour. The Shanghai Hairy Crab we had were specially imported from Jiangsu province in China which is touted as the home of hairy crabs. Known for their superiority in both meat and roe, it was indeed a gratifiying experience from the moment the top shell of the crab was taken off, revealing the gorgeous orange roe which tasted so creamy! It's divine! I wanna live on and on just to keep savouring this!

Next, tackling the meat from this little creature is another skill in itself, but was made much easier with some assistance from the skillful servers who helped us dissect it in no time. Vinegar is recommended as a dipping sauce to enhance the taste, but I prefer it without. As crab meat are believed by the Chinese to have 'cooling' properties, we were also served ginger tea which is of 'warm' properties to balance up the effects on our body.

The delicious crab roe is also showcased splendidly in the Braised Hairy Crab Roe with Edamame Tofu Scallop. Roe from no less than four hairy crabs were extracted and used for the luscious gravy which coated the huge plump scallop and light-green colored silky edamame beancurd. Yummy! Hairy Crab Roe served in Hand Roll is a dainty cone filled with savory goodness.Very yummy too!

The hairy crab set menu also boast of luxurious dishes such as the delightful Fried Prawn with Black Garlic Sauce. Much love definitely goes to the Classic Superior Shark's Fin in Supreme Broth! Served in a Japanese stone pot, the slightly gelatinous ambrosial broth was kept piping hot till the very last drop, which really maximized the slurp-worthy level. Portion was extremely generous and the accompanying crispy spring roll was made even lovelier with each dip into the broth.

The beautiful smokey aroma of the Wok-fried Ramen coupled with the meltingly tender Kurobuta Pork Cheek arrested my tastebud immediately with its impeccable execution! Health benefits and beauty enhancing properties aside, Double-boiled Hashima with Red Dates holds its own as a warm sweet soup dessert and crowned the meal with a perfect ending.

Besides Taste Paradise (Ion Orchard), the hairy crab promotion is also available at Paradise Pavilion (Marina Bay Financial Centre) and Canton Paradise (112 Katong Mall & The Star Vista). Do check out the Paradise Group website for more information on their respective ala-carte and set menu offerings.

We should pamper ourselves with a delicious treat once in awhile, so grab those hairy crabs before they crawl away! You wouldn't want to miss it and wait for another year. Go go go!

Thanks to the Paradise Group for this sumptuous meal.

Taste Paradise
Address: ION Orchard, No. 2 Orchard Turn, #04-07 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Contact: +65 6509 9660
Opening Hours:Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm / Sat, Sun & PH 11am-4.30pm, 6pm-11pm

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