What food has absolutely no taste, and yet it's regularly eaten?

Shark fin. When renowned chef Gordon Ramsay tasted shark fin for the first time, this is what he said:

“It’s really bizarre. Really really bizarre. Because that (shark fin) actually tastes of nothing. Almost like, sort of plain glass noodles. The broth is delicious, really good. But it could have anything in there. It could have chicken, sweetcorn, it could have duck in there.”

Shark fin soup is a traditional Chinese dish often served during important occasions, like banquets and weddings. It has a long history, originating centuries ago in the Song dynasty, and is often viewed by the Chinese as a symbol of wealth and affluence. In Singapore, it is rather common to see Chinese families eating shark fin soup during festivals like Lunar New Year, as well as during birthday and wedding celebrations.

The interesting thing about shark fin soup, however, is that only the broth is tasty. It is thick, rich and full of flavour. Often, the broth is cooked in other flavourful ingredients, including chicken stock, scallops and sometimes even abalone. On the other hand, the shark fin itself is actually tasteless. It is there almost exclusively for the stringy, chewy and gelatinous texture.

Shark fin is really expensive, and it’s usually sold at US$400 per kg. Yet people all over the world are willing to pay that price for something that is almost completely tasteless. I myself have tasted it on one or two occasions, and every time I taste it, I wonder to myself why people seem to enjoy it so much. It really perplexes me.

Of course, I’m not trying to disrespect Chinese culture. I’m a Singaporean-born Chinese, and I do appreciate the rich culture and history behind shark fin, as well as the importance of shark fin to the Chinese. But neither am I supporting the consumption of shark fin. With close to 100 million sharks finned and killed every year, the populations of many sharks have dropped dramatically in the past 50 years, with some species, like the Sand Tiger Shark, categorised as vulnerable under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. Shark finning is also a brutal practice. Typically, a shark is caught, pulled onboard a boat, its fins are cut off, and the still-living shark is tossed back overboard to drown or bleed to death. Even with laws guarding against shark finning, these laws are incredibly difficult to enforce, simply because the oceans are huge and it is literally impossible to comb every corner of the ocean at any one time. To make things worse, demand for shark fin is still extremely high in many Asian countries, and shark fin soup is almost an embedded part of Chinese culture.

I could go on rattling about the many other negative effects of shark fin, but this would be another topic of discussion. To conclude, shark fin is the bizarre food that is almost completely tasteless, yet so regularly eaten all over the world.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Sharon Truesdell
To fish a shark out of the sea only to remove it's fins and throw it back to drown is totally unacceptable. You should NEVER order shark fin soup if you care anything about nature
Oct 9, 2018 8:16PM
Elisabeth Koechli
I would NEVER ear shark fin soup on principle!!
Sep 19, 2018 6:11PM
Diane Schabel Hiniker
Cutting fins off living sharks is barbaric, cruel, and disgusting!
Sep 21, 2018 9:03PM
Just how many sharks lost their lives to the Chinese who also don't respect Dolphins, whales or, oh yes, humans???
Oct 18, 2019 4:43PM
Yousuf Shahid
Brutal and Cruel.
Jun 16, 2019 3:47AM
This is a tradition? Let them maintain their glorious tradition and when the ship returns to dock we can cut off their arms and legs, then throw them into a jungle area. Then we can start a new and equally valid tradition...
Jul 27, 2019 4:59PM
Allison Aspden
Don’t order shark-fin soup. Totally bad for the environment.
Nov 29, 2019 7:13PM
I will second that motion Some people sick
Jul 13, 2019 5:13PM
Sean Case
If all you taste is the broth , why endanger 1 of God's creations!? Just make the broth & enjoy that!
Oct 22, 2021 10:23AM
Barbara McAdams
I can't imagine paying $400 a kg for anything. Eating Shark Fin Soup is like admiring the Emperor's New Clothes.
Sep 23, 2021 5:17PM
Sharon Truesdell, I absolutely agree!
Aug 22, 2021 4:50PM
denise denbru
Would never be eaten by this little black duck!
Aug 21, 2021 4:15PM
Ric Mar
Sorry for the sharks but i will never eat shark's fins anymore !
Apr 21, 2021 10:26PM
Sorry for my mistake shark fin not fun🙄
Jun 16, 2019 10:57PM
It's been 50 years since I had shark fun soup but I remember that it did taste good. I think if we knew how all animals or fish were killed, there wouldn't be much meat consumed. It's not just shark fins that we should be concerned about.
Jun 16, 2019 10:56PM
Backwards eating habits are hard to Stop and 400 dollars for a KG is a good rip-off from the Chinese.
Mar 13, 2019 10:08PM
Ketan Patel
Shark finning is a barbaric practice.
Mar 7, 2019 7:13PM
Preeti Bhatia
Such a horrific way of getting a tasteless soup
Mar 2, 2019 4:47PM

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