Trivia of crab

Crabs served at Kani-Shogun and Kani-ya

We Hokkaido Kani-Shogun and Sapporo Kani-ya always have king crab, queen crab and haired crab ready for you. Please enjoy the different flavors of each dish

King crab

Taraba kani, King crab: Native to the Sea of Japan, Okhotsk Sea, North Atlantic Ocean and cold water in Arctic Ocean.  King crabs have eight legs including claws, and the right claw is quite bigger than the left one. Bigger king crabs sometimes reach a shell-size width of 25cm and a leg span of 1m.  It was named since its habitat (Ba, or place) is same as cod, or Tara in Japanese.
The taste of a king crab is subtle and its thick meat is very satisfying.  You can see the crab logo on the sign board of Kani-Shogun and Kani-ya.

Haired crab

Kekani, Hair crab: Native to the Sea of Japan, around Hokkaido, the Bering Sea, neighboring Alaska’s waters and sandy bottom of cold oceans. It was named after its body, which is has a grainy texture and is covered with short hair. The shell is rather soft, egg-shaped and is about 10cm wide.
We particularly recommend you to try the whole hair crab boiled, including its delicious crab brain.

Queen crab

Zuwai kani, Queen crab: Its name varies from one region to the next. It is called Matsuba kani in San-in region, Taiza kani in Tango peninsula, Echizen kani in Hokuriku region, and Zuwai kani in Hokkaido. Female queen crabs are just 1/10 to 1/15 smaller than male crabs, and are referred to as Seko kani, Koppe kani, Kobaku kani.

Be aware of the look-alike

As you know, Taraba kani is the king of crabs, but there is one kind of crab that is very similar to King crab.  It is called Abra kani, or Abura taraba, or Blue crab, which is quite inexpensive compared to King crab, although its flavor and firmness are not as good as the ones of King crab.  It seems that some places serve this Abra kani as King crab.
Please know that we serve only the finest of firm King crab caught during one week of each year at latitude 56°north and longitude 161°west, at the Port Moller in the Bering Sea.

Crabs lose body mass?

It is said that if a crab sees its own reflection on the bottom of the sea on a moon-lit night it becomes so scared that it loses body mass.  However, there is no scientific evidence to support this.  Crabs grow up by casting off their skin repeatedly and it also loses its body mass as it does.  The proverb might come from this phenomenon.

We are proud to say that we choose only the freshest and firmest crabs from each harvest area, serving you the best ones in terms of freshness and quality.  

Crab’s nutritional value

Although crab is rich in protein, it has a low amount of fat. It is an ideal food with a high-protein and low-fat combination.

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