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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Dec 23, 2010
The latest innovation in China! Fancy getting live crabs (namely the famous Hairy Crabs) from a vending machine! Cool! Check it out! Make sure you watch the video too!

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January 04, 2011
Man, that's too crazy! And 200 crabs per day sold in one of these? Seriously genius idea =)
December 23, 2010
Holee!! I saw something similar in Japan but this looks freaky! They look like little embryos LOL!
December 24, 2010
Shanghai Hairy crab is a tad smaller than the normal crabs and they are normally steamed and then eaten with vinegar. A delicacy in Shanghai and surrounding areas. It's a seasonal dish and normally eaten during the Fall though. That may be why you think it looks freaky. However, these are LIVE crabs they are selling! At a certain temperature, these crabs become sleepy. I thought it was a marvelous idea!
December 25, 2010
I love it! In P.I. I think they're called TALANGKA. Hey, Sharrie, you do like John Woo and Michelle Yeoh right? Got their latest movie together here: http://lunch.com/t/5wdr

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Source: ChinaTravelGuide.com

Live hairy crabs are displayed in a vending machine at a main subway station in Nanjing, Jiangsu province Dec 17, 2010. The crab dispenser was designed by Shi Tuanjie, Chairman of the Nanjing Shuanghu Crab Industrial Company, who came out with the idea of a crab dispenser 3 years ago. This is the first live crab vending machine in China, and was installed on October 1 this year. The crabs cost from 10 yuan ($1.50) to 50 yuan ($7.50), depending on size and gender, and customers are promised a compensation of 3 live crabs if their purchase is dead. The machine sells an average of 200 live crabs daily. Shi plans to popularize the machines on a larger scale to airports, residential areas and supermarkets, according to local media.
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