Wàn Hé Lóu understands the complexities of da zha xie well. The hairy crabs ($26.90/150-170g crustacean, buy three get one free while stocks last) are steamed to preserve its fresh flavour, sealing the richness of its creamy roe and meat within. After you’ve wrangled out all the goodness with the help of their “hairy crab scissors”, sip on specially concocted ginger tea to balance your body’s chi. #01-01, 65 Maude Road (off Jalan Besar). Tel: 6294 8057

If you’re dining at Crystal Jade Palace (pictured), look out for the steamed hairy crab xiao long bao ($6 per piece) at lunch, which is filled with lovely crab stock. For the best value, go for the seven-course hairy crab set menu ($118 each), which presents whole steamed crab (175-199g per piece), as well as specialities such as braised abalone with sautéed assorted vegetables and glutinous rice dumpling in ginger soup for dessert. Till 30 Nov. #04-19 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road. Tel: 6735 2388