Most of the time, we are too tired to cook after a long day at work.

If you live in Nanjing, China, though, you are lucky. You can get a crab right from the vending machine! Having skipped the hassle of making a trip to the market to buy groceries, you simply go home and cook the fresh hairy crab to your desired taste.

The crabs are priced from US$1.50 to US$8, depending on the size. You can even buy a bottle of vinegar to spice up your crab, for only US$0.80.

The vending machine is kept at a constant temperature of 5-10 degrees Celsius to make sure that the crabs are in a constant state of hibernation. They are also packed in custom-shaped plastic packages.

Better yet, if by chance you get a dead crab, you get three crabs for free!

A customer who has tried the crabs said, “Two days ago, I was passing by, and saw that they were cheaper than at the markets. I was curious, so I got two. They tasted all right, so I’m back today for more.”

It looks as if the busy commuters of Nanjing will never go to bed on an empty stomach again.

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Von Capulong
Von Capulong has more than 12 years of professional experience in the fields of management and marketing in the fields of information technology and food service with special focus on branding, product and business developments. He is also a member of the Professional Speakers Association of the Philippines (PSAP) and has conducted talks in the Philippines. He is also currently the president and CEO of GreenRides, Inc, the pioneer car cleaning company in the Philippines that cleans, waxes, polishes and UV protects vehicles without using water. He writes articles as a stress-reliever.