Consider using a shark fin alternative instead of actual shark fin!
If you are really keen on serving the traditional soup base that comes with shark fin, ask your chef to use faux shark fin, which is readily available and usually made with gelatin. We encourage you to explicitly tell your guests that you are using imitation shark fin to promote shark conservation. Remember, shark fin doesn’t add any flavor to the soup (Shark Fin is tasteless). The flavor actually comes from the chef’s broth.
Several shark fin alternatives exist. Products can be made from gelatin. Vegetarian shark fin made from soy can be found on the markets. A Japanese company product is made from pork gelatin.
Many people tell us, “we want to go Fin Free at our dinner banquet but what should we serve instead of shark fin soup?” The Chinese cuisine is known for its diversity in cuisine and there are thousands of soups that can easily replace shark fin. Here are some delicious and more sustainable shark fin alternative options:
Ask your vendor, restaurant, caterer or chef to come up with a soup that represents you as the host. Use creative ingredients that showcase your personality and values. Some hosts choose goji berries as the star of their soup to represent colour or fertility. Others use ginger to symbolize heat and spice in a relationship. Get creative!
To find fin free and delicious alternatives to serve, a contest was held at the Sans Fin Soup Contest where chefs participated in a cooking showdown. The seven finalist chefs conjured up these soups and accompanying appetizers.
Shark Fin Alternatives include:
Abalone and Crab Soup & Fried Scallop Terrine
Edmund Yee – P2B Bistro & Bar, Sans Fin Soup Star 無翅良品之星
Ginger Duck Soup & Pan Seared BC Shrimp & Crab Cake
薑鴨湯 & 炒BC蝦 & 蟹餅
Tom Lee – Edible Canada at the Market, People’s Choice Soup 最高人氣湯品
Sans Fin Soup & Seafood Sampler
無翅湯 & 海鮮拼盤
William Tse – Sandbar, Harry’s Favourite 哈利的最愛
Faux Sharks Fin Bisque & Geoduck Combination Platter
仿魚翅濃湯 & 象拔蚌拼盤
Todd Bright – Wild Rice
Shark’s Fin Melon Cannellini Beans Soup & Chilled Tofu
魚翅瓜意大利白豆湯 & 凍豆腐
Ben Lai 黎健斌
Triple Chicken Ham Stock Consommé & Drunken Chicken Rillette
三味雞肉火腿清湯 & 醉雞肉醬
Montgomery Lau – Westin Wall Centre
Golden Bridge Soup & Smoked Vegetarian Goose
喜鵲度金橋燉湯 & 素齋鵝
John Mok 莫同進