Mom, sis and I were in Shanghai for four days and when you’re in Shanghai, you should try Shanghai’s culinary delicacy which is hairy crab. Wang Bao He claims to be Shanghai’s oldest restaurant dating back to 1744. It also claims to be the best place to feast on Shanghai’s famous hair crab. Crab dominates the menu, of course, from dumplings and soup to the whole hairy monster, which is typically steamed and eaten with a dipping sauce of ginger, soy sauce, and black vinegar. Be prepared though as the bill can easily skyrocket with the 50 or so crab dishes that can be ordered.

Stewed Crab Meat with Clam in thick soup

Stewed crab meat with clam in thick soup HKD70 – Clam-based broth with crab meat.

Sauteed Crab Meat

Sauteed Crab Meat HKD300 – Good but expensive. A lot of crab fat and meat sauteed together. The crab fat giving the dish it’s tasty flavor. Go easy on the serving as it’s a high cholesterol dish. I got lightheaded after having this.

Sauteed Scallop with Crab Meat

Sauteed scallop with crab meat HKD168 – Typical scallops with crab meat. Too cornstarchy for me.

Sauteed seasonal vegetables

Sauteed seasonal vegetable HKD22 – People say that when in China, you should always order the veggie dishes as they are really good in preparing them. I definitely agree. This is the best dish we ordered. The vegetables were simply sauteed but the taste and freshness of the green leafies shines through. The vegetable hearts were small and it’s my first time to try it.

Steamed dumpling with crab meat and minced pork

Steamed dumpling with crab meat and minced pork HKD18 – I had much better. The wrapper was tough and I couldn’t even taste the crab meat inside.

Shanghai Hairy Crab

Shanghai Hairy Crab HKD378 – I felt we got shortchanged on the crabs. The meat wasn’t sweet at all! My mom said that the smaller hairy crabs are much sweeter.

Summary : Wang Bao He is a place to go to just to try Shanghai Hairy crab. The list of crab dishes is impressive. The cooking is typical big Chinese restaurant style. You can’t go wrong bringing visitors here. I personally think I can eat in this type of restaurants in Manila.

Rating : Chance Visitor
Food : Shanghai Hairy Crab

Wang Bao He
603 Fuzhou Lu, Shanghai
Tel : 011-8621-6322-3673.