Shark fin squash soup is made from a vegetable, a squash. It is NOT shark fin soup.
Shark fin squash (scientific name: Cucurbita ficifolia) 鱼翅瓜 (yu chi gua) has many different names. It is a relative of the winter melon. Why is it called the shark fin squash? How is it related to the shark?
You see, when it is cooked, the flesh flakes into thin shreds that look like shark fin. This is similar to the spaghetti squash where the shreds resemble spaghetti. The biggest difference between shark fin squash and spaghetti squash is the colour. Spaghetti squash is yellow in colour.
The shark fin squash contains loads of vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fiber. It is low in calories and has a detoxifying effect. It is said to have high D-Chiro-Inositol content and therefore good for diabetes.
The Chinese like to use these shreds to make soup that is similar to shark fin's soup.
I have heard that it is quite easy to grow in a garden too.
Recipe 1: Vegetarian shark fin squash soup
I seldom cook with shark fin squash as they are not so common in the supermarket. So I only have one recipe here.
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