Japanese Hot Pot of “Beni-Zuwai-Gani”
This crab is already gorgeous red before being cooked.
During the winter, a variety of crabs are sold at fish shop. Zuwai-Gani, Taraba-Gani, Sego-Gani, etc.
If you see a large and slender red crab (not boiled) in Japan, that will be “Beni-Zuwai-Gani”, Chionoecetes japonicus Rathbun, 1932.
It is written “紅楚蟹“, literally “red slender crab”.
On the other hand, there is more popular “Zuwai-Gani”, Chionoecetes opilio “楚蟹“.
Although they are very similar to each other in shape, the specie is different.
It is easy to distinguish them, because “Beni-Zuwai-Gani” is already gorgeous red before being cooked.
This color and texture is like a celluloid toy, feeling nostalgic.
Sea monster Kaiju.
There is a digestive cecum in the shell. It is ingredient of “Kani-Miso” which is popular as “Chinmi”.
Today’s dinner is seafood “Yose-Nabe” with crab, oyster, and “Anko” monkfish.
It is eaten with soup, generally no using a dipping sauce such as like “Ponzu”.
is a Chionoecetes japonicus Rathbun, 1932. It is very similar to “Zuwai-Gani”, but different. “Beni-Zuwai-Gani” is already gorgeous red before being cooked. 紅楚蟹（べにずわいがに） literally “red slender crab”
is a Chionoecetes opilio. It has some local name, known as “Matsuba-Gani” and “Echizen-Gani”. 楚蟹（ずわいがに） literally “slender crab”
is a kind of Japanese one-pot dish, used flavored soup stock. It is eaten with soup generally, no using a dipping sauce such as like “Ponzu”. 寄せ鍋（よせなべ） literally “all-sorts pot”
is unusual delicacy food. 珍味（ちんみ） literally “rare taste”