China Groceries: Baby Crab Snack. This week, while walking around our local grocery store, we came across a really weird-looking snack. Weird to us, I should say, but ever so normal in Asia! Right there between the peanuts and the dried squid, were these fried baby crabs. They are packaged in the same way as the dried fish, and cost about the same per bag. I asked around and apparently these are a very popular and well-loved snack all over Asia. Especially so in Japan where they are sometimes served in lieu of popcorn or peanuts in a bar. In Korean, dried squid was a really tasting drinking snack… so who knows, maybe these are too!
In the image above, you can see that the crabs are sold (and eaten) in their entirety with their tiny legs, claws, shells and even eyes intact. The strange part is that these are not a variation of the ever popular “soft shell crabs” that are served in Japanese and some other Asian restaurants all year round, but rather appear to be regular hard shelled crabs just in the baby form. I guess they grab those little baby crabs and then fry them to a crispy. My Chinese friends say that they are delicious!