- The shark fin is usually the cartilaginous pectoral and dorsal fins of a shark
- Shark’s bone is sold either as dried or frozen
- Shark’s fin soup (which is more transparent) is eaten as a delicacy in the Chinese culture and is known to be expensive due to its rarity
How do I prepare it?
- For shark’s bones, just rinse under warm water before usage
- You need to soak shark’s fin in water prior to usage. The best is to soak it in warm water overnight and you may need to change the water a few times depending on how clean you want it to be
Where can I buy this?
- These days, only in Chinese herbal stores and wet marts
- You won’t be able to find this delicacy in supermarkets
What is the cost?
- The cost varies depending on the quality and size of the shark’s fin and can range from anywhere between $50 – $100 CAD a piece
- It is said that the cartilage is a good source of collagen, which helps improve the elasticity of the skin
- The shark fin trade is a highly controversial topic as the numbers of shark’s are decreasing since they are over hunted for their fin
- Many wildlife groups and activists are against the trade as hunters only take the shark for their fins and then discard the rest of the animal
- Due to its rarity, you have to be careful that you are purchasing authentic shark’s fin
- Shark’s fin has limited nutrition and has virtually no flavour when cooked without broth or soup. It is the soup base that make’s shark’s fin soup so flavorful
- Since the shark is a relatively large in size, its mercury content can be quite high and it is not recommend that children or pregnant women eat any large fish from the ocean
I am not a fan of shark’s bones, fins or cartilage. I have eaten it before and do not eat it now because it provides no real nutritional value and it costs too much. There are healthier soups! Now you know!