Freshwater hairy crabs are praised for exceptionally succulent meat and delicious roe. Although traditional steam cooking allows to preserve the unique flavors of the meat, there is a number of alternative ways of cooking the delicacy. In Singapore hairy crabs are boiled at first, then fried and served with some spicy sauces to add piquancy to the dish, as hairy crabs' meat is noted for being "cooling" for the body.
It tastes perfect with tomatoes chilli sauce or black pepper sauce. It is also good with ginger tea. To try something more unusual you may order salted egg crabs and crab bee hoon. A range of best Singapore's restaurants offers the dainty during hairy crabs season that is between September and November. It is Singapore's specialty food.