HOME > Chowhound > B.C. (inc. Vancouver) >
What's your latest food quest? Tell us about it

King Crab season Vancouver 2013

rosetown Feb 23, 2013 05:00 PM

I missed it last year because I dallied and it ended earlier than usual.
I've got my boots on and am ready to travel - not going to miss it ever again.
So, as soon as anyone, sees it starting please post!!
I know Fmed mentioning some changes to the Alaska schedule, whatever that means??

Oh, because I think each season varies, I've started this thread.

  1. fmed Feb 25, 2013 06:07 PM

    I'll make sure to post here when I see indications that the season has started.

    6 Replies
    1. re: fmed
      rosetown Mar 4, 2013 06:55 PM

      Tnx so much - wow, times change - not surprised at higher prices given the worldwide upsurge in demand.

      I'd love to try Hoi Tong, alas, I've got to cater to a large group considering age, disabilities, and comfort with the venue. Still, it's great that there are many good options.


      1. re: rosetown
        grayelf Mar 6, 2013 10:10 AM

        No idea if this would work for you (and didn't think to ask price, duh) but we witnessed an amazing looking AKC feast yesterday at noontime at Fortune Garden on Broadway near Granville. The table next to us was celebrating HK visitors' last meal in town. En passant, the dim sum we were eating was damn fine also.

        1. re: grayelf
          rosetown Mar 6, 2013 07:58 PM

          Much appreciated but now in the hands of my family - they've booked Sun Sui Wah for Saturday night. Regards

          1. re: rosetown
            grayelf Mar 10, 2013 06:49 PM

            So, how was SSW? Did you go to the one on Main or in Richmond? How big was the beast?

            1. re: grayelf
              rosetown Mar 15, 2013 08:17 PM

              We went to the one on Main for the 3rd time in 4 years. I'm reluctant to say that I was a bit disappointed. There were 13 of us and I wanted to buy an enormous one. The largest they had was 7 1/2 lbs so we ordered 2 for 14 3/4 lb total. The carapace were done in a white sauce which was couldn't compete with the white sauce of 2 years ago.
              The place was packed, service was good, and the group enjoyed themselves. Still, next time, I will go elsewhere.

              1. re: rosetown
                fmed Mar 17, 2013 10:39 AM

                If they are starting to clear out the small ones...that means the season is winding down. (Maybe for SSW, anyway. They are the most well known purveyor and get a lot of media coverage.)

    2. fmed Mar 2, 2013 08:09 PM

      The season has started. It is currently between $18 and $25 per lb. Great reports about Hoi Tong's crab.


      10 Replies
      1. re: fmed
        analogarsonist Mar 16, 2013 03:40 PM

        Anyone have any idea how much longer the season will last?

        1. re: analogarsonist
          fmed Mar 17, 2013 10:40 AM

          Maybe one more week. Two tops.

          1. re: fmed
            analogarsonist Mar 17, 2013 10:08 PM

            k thanks - have a reservation for next weekend, fingers crossed :)

        2. re: fmed
          vancityfoody Mar 18, 2013 01:26 PM

          What is the best restaurant to try for 2 people who have never done the king crab feast before? We would be looking for a small-ish crab... I was thinking SSW as they are reputable but definitely open to other suggestions.

          1. re: vancityfoody
            fmed Mar 19, 2013 04:31 PM

            Almost missed this post.

            Dynasty Seafood would be my choice.

            1. re: fmed
              twinkienic Mar 19, 2013 11:03 PM

              If you mean Dynasty on Broadway, they told my friend when she called about king crab that they don't have any; however, the manager told my parents that it could be ordered in with 24 hour notice.

              1. re: twinkienic
                fmed Mar 19, 2013 11:18 PM

                Wow. The season is over for Dynasty then.

                1. re: twinkienic
                  miss.foodie Mar 19, 2013 11:53 PM

                  Thanks for the heads up. I called last night to make a res for this Fri and they said they would reserve a king crab for me. I will call again to confirm that I can still get the king crab for Friday.

                  1. re: miss.foodie
                    twinkienic Mar 20, 2013 12:57 AM

                    I wonder why Dynasty told my friend they don't have any? She called on Friday. I think she probably spoke with them in English... think that made the difference?

                    1. re: twinkienic
                      miss.foodie Mar 21, 2013 06:23 PM

                      I just called to double check. I was told that the King Crab is still available but has to be reserved in advance.

          2. fmed Mar 3, 2013 10:30 AM

            Cancuklehead's Hoi Tong experience:

            2 Replies
            1. re: fmed
              analogarsonist Mar 4, 2013 08:06 AM

              Thanks so much for this recommendation! I had never been to / heard of Hoi Tong (still relatively new to the city), and I went in for the king crab last night based on your recommendation.

              Hoi Tong's king crab was easily the best I've ever had, definitely worth the higher prices. Their squab was incredible too! I also loved the atmosphere too, small, cozy, friendly service, etc...

              Will definitely return before the king crab season ends, and can't wait to try the rest of their menu during the rest of the year...

              1. re: analogarsonist
                fmed Mar 4, 2013 02:38 PM

                Thanks for the report. I really like Hoi Tong for that coziness you speak of. The chef used to cook in the HK Stock Exchange private kitchen, FYI.

            2. fmed Mar 4, 2013 02:39 PM

              King Crab Pricing as of this week (Mar 4)
              Empire 14.99
              Lucky Tao 16.95
              Excelsior 21.98
              Sun Sui Wah 20.00
              Hoi Tong 25.00

              Post here with current pricing!

              2 Replies
              1. re: fmed
                fmed Mar 4, 2013 07:03 PM

                Gingeri 17.00
                Red Star 18.00

                1. re: fmed
                  fmed Mar 6, 2013 04:50 PM

                  Cindy's Palace $16.80

                  I'm hearing reports that prices are already going up just a few days into the season.

                2. j
                  jcolvin Mar 4, 2013 08:31 PM

                  Live crab at T&T now $16.88/lb.

                  1. knight Mar 10, 2013 08:50 AM

                    and 13.99 at Tung Sung

                    1. t
                      twinkienic Mar 10, 2013 10:43 AM

                      $22.80 at Kirin

                      1. s
                        shmooerific Mar 15, 2013 10:40 AM

                        Some prices as of Wednesday, March 13:
                        - Kirin 24.80 (up from 22.80)
                        - Red Star 22.80/lb (up from 18.80/lb)
                        - Empire Seafood Restaurant 19.80
                        - Victory Seafood 18.98
                        - Neptune 18.98
                        - Dai Tung 18.80
                        - Fraser Court 18.80
                        - Golden Ocean 17.90
                        - Golden Swan 16.99
                        - Top Cantonese 16.95
                        - Sing Kee 16.80
                        - Empire Chinese Cuisine 15.99
                        - Harbour Spirit 15.98
                        - Always 15.88
                        - Venice Garden 14.99
                        - South Ocean 14.99
                        - King's Chinese 14.88
                        - Imperial Court 13.99

                        Also found this list: http://www.vandiary.com/2013/03/03/ki... (it's a Chinese language site, but the price list is bilingual :) )

                        2 Replies
                        1. re: shmooerific
                          fmed Mar 15, 2013 05:37 PM


                          1. re: shmooerific
                            starlady Mar 15, 2013 05:41 PM

                            Awesome, thanks!

                          Show Hidden Posts