The reliable eyes, abilities and experience of skilled chefs are required to cook japanese spider crabs for which each one has a different meat quality and taste. First, please make sure to savor authentic giant spider crab at Marukichi.
- Why do you steam giant spider crabs whole?
This is related to the fat of the crab. Unlike red king crab and snow crab, giant spider crabs have large amounts of fat. Therefore, it is necessary to cook over time to protect the quantity and quality of this fat. The benefit of steaming giant crabs whole is that it is possible to provide them with their deliciousness retained without their fat having dissolved.
- What is the taste of the fat of japanese spider crab like?
The steamed fat is rich in taste and deliciousness. Depending on the crab, the fat may also have a slightly bitter taste. The quantity of this fat is so large it cannot be compared to other crabs. The color varies depending on the crab, but ranges from dark brown to yellow. If you like crab fat, please savor the mellow fat of japanese spider crab.
- Various Ways to Eat Japanese Spider Crab
The most common way to eat japanese spider crab is to steam it. We think this is the best way to eat it and understand the deliciousness of japanese spider crab. The next best way is to cook and eat its legs. This condenses the deliciousness of japanese spider crab and is quite good. Another way to eat it is as tempura. This tastes great because it mixes the japanese spider crab’s deliciousness and natural saltiness. Japanese spider crab sashimi has a mild and refreshing taste. In addition, it is also possible to scoop out the meat and use it as the filling of steamed buns, croquette or pounded fish cake.
- How to Find Good Tasting Japanese Spider Crab
The quality of the meat, and the flavor, color and quality of the fat of japanese spider crab depend on the season in which it is caught and where it is caught. It becomes possible to catch japanese spider crab with plenty of fat when it becomes cold again. The most reliable way to eat good tasting japanese spider crab is to stock up on information in advance and make a reservation.
- Mysterious Thing about Japanese Spider Crabs
When japanese spider crabs are caught, there is mysteriously little mixing between males and females. They tend to be either all males or all females. If you catch a male, it is likely all the others will be male; if you catch a female, it is likely all the others will be female. It seems that males and females do not hang around each other much.
- Story of the Growth of Japanese Spider Crabs
It is said that giant spider crabs have a very slow growth rate. They shed their shells several times a year when they are young. However, as they get older, the number of times they shed their shells decreases. They stop shedding their shells altogether once they reach a certain size and age. Nevertheless, giant spider crabs with an overall length in the three meter class are caught a number of times a year!
- Japanese Spider Crab Fishing
Japanese spider crabs are mainly caught by deep sea trawl fishing with trawlers and deep sea cage net fishing. Trawl fishing grounds are at a depth of about 200 to 400 meters and the crabs are caught together with deep sea shrimp and deep sea fish (September to May). In cage fishing, bait such as the tuna heads are put inside large cages and then dropped to a depth of 400 to 600 meters. Compared with trawl fishing, this is extremely deep. (The fishing season is short – from December to February.) Japanese spider crabs are also slightly different to trawl fishing crabs.
Deep sea fish are very precious. It is necessary to make a reservation and it depends on the stock on the day as to whether or not it will be possible to serve them. One of the real pleasures of Marukichi is deciding on the menu after dropping by to ask about stock and recommendations.
|for two people||13,000 yen (excluding tax)|
|for three people or more||12,000 yen (excluding tax)|
*The above prices are those per person.
This is a reasonably priced service menu that comes with giant spider crab, boat-wrap sushi, a vinegared dish, rice and soup. We recommend a whole giant spider crab if you wish to savor it.
This is only available in a limited quantity. This is croquette with plenty of giant spider crab. This provides deliciousness that spreads out over your whole mouth with a crunchy texture. This is a recommended dish.
This is a bargain dish with plenty of giant spider crab, shrimp, deep sea sillago and vegetable tempura.
This is only available depending on the season. This is rice gruel with plenty of crab flavor. (A reservation is required for this dish.)
This is a platter of tempura of two legs of giant spider crab and vegetables. (A reservation is required for this dish.)