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Why so expensive?

Mr Pang Khim Hua, 54, owner of Huat Kee Seafood Supply Singapore, said the Alaskan king crab (photo) is expensive because of the difficulty and danger in catching it.

Found only in extremely cold deep waters, the crab, usually from Norway, Moscow or Korea, is considered a luxury crab and can cost up to $250 per kg.

Jumbo Seafood charges $168 per kilo of the Alaskan king crab while Long Beach charges $198. The cost of the following crabs are as provided by Mr Pang Khim Hua, owner of Huat Kee Seafood Supply.

1 MUD CRAB

The mud crab is the most common kind of crab and is imported from Malaysia, the Phillipines, Vietnam and Australia.

When the mud crab is moulting, it can be served as soft shell crab.

Price: $20 to $30 per kg

2 FLOWER CRAB

Also known as the blue swimmer crab, it is found mostly in Indonesia.

Flower crabs can cost about $20 per kg.

3 BROWN CRAB

Scientifically known as the Cancer pagurus, this crab is found mainly in Western European countries like Scotland.

Price: About $30 per kg

4 SNOW CRAB

Recognised by its long spider-like legs, the snow crab is also known as the spider crab or queen crab. It is found mostly in Australia and Japan.

Price: Up to $100 per kg