The crab meat is believed by TCM practitioners to have a "cooling" effect on the body.. Chinese spend hundreds of yuan just to taste a small crab from Yangcheng Lake, which are considered a delicacy. Other sought-after parts of the blue crab include the roe, which makes an excellent garnish and is revered in Chinese cuisine. Also, the tomalley (aka “mustard”) is found in all blue crabs. The traditional version of this dish uses only female crab (hence the name “She-Crab”) and uses crab roe (the orange stuff you see when you eat female blue crabs). It is illegal in many states to possess sponge crabs. Male blue crabs are called “jimmies,” adolescent female blue crabs “sally,” and the adult female blue crabs “sooks,” by the watermen or boatmen. The crab is an autumn delicacy in Shanghai cuisine and eastern China. One of the nicest things about buying live crabs instead of lump crab meat is that you get the whole measure of the animal—not only its succulent flesh, but also its creamy innards and the sweet, briny juices that pool in the curve of the shell. My usual procedure is to steam the crab with beer and call it a day. As far as the crab roe, the availability varies during the months of the year. However, I use lump crab and Lobster Base rather than female blue crabs and roe. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/she-crab-soup-51156820 Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. $24.87 CROE-0002: Crab Roe - 2 lbs. I have had it several times while visiting Charleston, SC but am not familiar with the taste as an individual ingredient. It is prized for the female crab roe, which ripen in the ninth lunar month and the males in the tenth. Would tobikko commonly used with sushi provide a similar taste. Crab Roe - 1 lb. $48.78 Check the items you wish to purchase, then click Share your knowledge of this product. Sherry is a key ingredient here along with the Lobster Base (Better than bouillon). The male usually has a thin apron, Y-shaped and the female has a triangular apron. Seeking suggestions for substituting crab roe in She crab soup. From a distance these eggs resemble a sponge, hence the term "sponge" crab. It takes about two weeks for the eggs to "ripen" and be released into the water to hatch. According to a survey of 20 crab houses in the Baltimore area, female crabs by the dozen were priced at between 51 and 85 cents to the dollar, compared to males. Just look on the bottom of the crabs, at the apron. Male blue crabs have broader bodies and more pronounced spines; on the other hand, female blue crabs have a less broad body and less pronounced spines. You can quickly identify the sook crabs by the orange color on the tips of the claws. 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