Crab and pear vinegar dish

Crabs are ingredients that can be used all year round, but boiled crabs remind us of the autumn leaves. This time, I combined the Japanese pears, which are seasonal autumn fruits, and crabs, to make an autumn-like vinegared dish with citrus fruits. Instead of Japanese pears, regular pears, persimmons, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits are also suitable, so please enjoy this recipe with your preferred choice. You can use your favorite citrus such as yuzu, sudachi, or lemon as the citrus juice that will be mixed with the vinegar. The balance of sourness and taste will change depending on the kind of citrus used. Therefore, it is recommended to taste while making. Mix several types of citrus fruits to make them more delicious.

This time, I served the dish fully in a crystal-glazed container with a lid. This creates a fluttering image of the ginkgo leaves. Also, I used an underplate to add rhythm to the dish. This plate features the unique work of calligrapher Suito Nakatsuka which depicts the Chinese character “flower” in four stylized renditions titled spring, summer, autumn, and winter. For this dish, the “autumn” plate was used.


Ingredients (for 4 servings)

・Japanese pear・・・1/4
【Kagen-zu (mixture of vinegar and some other flavouring)】
・Dashi (Stock)・・・50cc
・Light colored soy sauce・・・1 Tablespoon
・Regular soy sauce・・・1 Teaspoon
・Citrus fruits juice such as yuzu, sudachi and lemon・・・Moderate amount

・ Amaranth or Momiji leaves

1/Boil water in a pot with salted water, submerge the crab completely with the shell facing down and boil them (Boiling time for 400g of crab is about 15 to 20 minutes). Once cooled, flake the flesh away from the shell and set aside.
2/Mix all the ingredients for Kagen-zu except the citrus juice. Add the citrus juice last a little bit at a time while adjusting the taste.
3/Peel the pear and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Then mix them with “1” in a mixing bowl, dress them with the Kagen-zu of “2”, and serve them in a bowl.

  • Kagen-zu can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. It can also be stored in the freezer for about 2 weeks.
  • If you also want to add crab miso paste, mix it with the kagen-zu and use it as dressing. Once you serve this dressing, add some more flaked crab pieces and pears on top to keep the fresh colors and beautiful finish to the dish.

Crafts used for the meal

HanaKessho / Container (Gold)

Area: Kyoto Prefecture

JPY3,500 (without Tax)

Eggshell Round Plate (Autumn/26cm)

Area: Arita, Saga Prefecture
Material: Porcelain

JPY6,750 (without Tax)

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