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Many people object to questionable practices of fisherman who
harvest sharkfins. The sharks may also be overfished, endangering
their populations.

Please do not bring these issues to my attention, I KNOW. Inclusion
of these recipes does not mean I condone these fishing practices.
Exclusion of them will not stop people from buying sharkfins or
making soup, they will seek out other sources for recipes. Recipes
are here because they have been requested and do not reflect my
position on the political/environmental matter.


Shark Fin Soup

First get a dried sharks fin. They are available in chinese grocery
stores.

The fin may have been prepared before drying, if it looks like
white threads, soak one night and don't steam.

Soak overnight in water. Drain and soak for 3 days and nights.
Adding a little white wine and garlic to the water improves the
flavor. Steam in white wine and garlic until soft and sticky. It
should look like white translucent threads that are limp. Discard
the liquid.

Make a soup from chicken or soy base. If you use soy use as light
a soy sauce or miso as possible. Add sharks fin and cook until it
is done. It depends on your taste, but without seeing your sharks
fin, about 1/2 hour. Add any vegetables you wish, such as bean
curd, mushrooms, snow peas, etc. It helps make the soup fancier,
but IMHO it's gilding the lily. Thicken soup with some corn starch
disolved in water. Remove from heat and add a dash of chinese sesame
oil.

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