Hong Kong Tasteem (6) - Imitation Shark Fin Soup
You must know shark yin soup. But have you tried shark fin soup without shark fin? Let me introduction a famous Hong Kong street food, Imitation Shark Fin Soup.
Shark Fin soup is a famous dish in China, but expensive. In around 1950s, people in Hong Kong couldn’t afford the price of shark fin soup. So restaurants in Temple Street invented a dish using glass noodles replacing shark fin and a soup mixed by water, soy sauce and starch. After adding ingredients like shredded chicken and mushroom, it became a delicious dish. People started to add macaroni to the soup as lunch.
As the soup is sold in a small bowl, we also call it “Little bowl Shark Fin Soup”. Today, it is a famous street food and choice of afternoon tea. Furthermore, we started to promote the protection of marine ecology, the imitation shark fin soup sometimes replaces real shark fin soup in our dinner.
A bowl of imitation shark fin soup was not enough for me. I ordered a Thai style chicken feet also.
Not only original imitation shark fin soup, we also add vegetables and fish meat to the soup. Some restaurant may even add Chinese ham and fish maw to make it more expensive. If there is chance, let me try and take a photo.
Hong Kong, Chai Wan, Wah Ha St, 2號環翠商場地下G10號舖
This post participated in the Tasteem contest Street Food