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.
This video tutorial shows you how to make a shark fin squash soup that is both vegetarian and thickened.
It closely resembles the shark fin soup that so many restaurants serve and so many people boycott. The texture and taste is close to the real thing except all the ingredients are vegetarian.
The video is in Mandarin but I think it is easy to take note of the ingredients and how the soup is made.
This next video showcased a stay-at-home mum who used a pressure cooker to make a simmered shark fin squash soup with pork.
I like her approach. My kind of home cook.