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Zuwai Kani in Kyoto

Roysen Jul 7, 2014 02:28 PM

I have read so much about this crab and really would like to try a tasting which includes it or even better is make only of zuwai kani dishes. Where i Kyoto would I go to try zuwai kani?

I know Kikunoi and Kitcho usually have it on their tasting menu during the winter time but at those restaurants I don't want to ask and probably would be rejected if I wanted to be served this only this for the entire tasting menu. At these restaurants I would want to try their normal tasting menu as it is great by itself. So I am looking for somewhere else a little less high end where they might be interested in dong a special request for a zuwai kani tasting.

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    teriyakichi RE: Roysen Jul 7, 2014 06:33 PM

    How about Akasaka Kitafuku in Tokyo? One star and serves Suppon as well. Tablelog rated 4.21. They accept e-mail reservation.


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    1. re: teriyakichi
      Roysen RE: teriyakichi Jul 10, 2014 10:52 AM

      My schedule in Tokyo is full. That is why I am looking for a spot in Kyoto.

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      Roysen RE: Roysen Jul 10, 2014 11:13 AM

      I would like to add that it is the Dazha Xie I am looking for of course. The special over 150g version of the Zuwai kani.

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        teriyakichi RE: Roysen Jul 10, 2014 04:46 PM

        I thought Zuwai is Snow Crab. But Dazha Xie is fresh water crab from China.

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          Roysen RE: teriyakichi Jul 10, 2014 05:05 PM

          Sorry, you are of course absolutely correct. I don't know why I mixed those two up. I knrew this.

          Zuwai Kani is also called snow crab or Tiza crab. It is a big sea water crab caught in Japan.

          Dazha Xie or Shanghai hairy crab is a small fresh water crab caught in China.

          I want to try them both on my trip to Japan. The Zuwai Kani at Wakuden Kodaiji in Kyoto and the Dazha Xie at Chugoku Hanten Fureika in Tokyo.

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        Roysen RE: Roysen Jul 10, 2014 04:33 PM

        This restaurant seems to specialise in Tiza/Zuwai kani/Snow crab when it is in season:
        Wakuden Kodaiji

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