Groan!!! My head is spinning, probably from replying to all the comments in the previous post…or perhaps, it is due to the intoxicating white wine in the kacang-ma chicken I had for dinner. Anyway, I think I’d better publish a “safe” post next, and what safer thing is there to write about than…..food? LOL!!!
These days, the activists will come up in arms against those who indulge in the consumption of sharks’ fins…but actually, if we think of it, it is quite senseless to spend a fortune on something that is virtually tasteless. What will make it delicious is the soup and the ingredients used in preparing that. So thankfully, more and more people are opting for other alternatives besides sharks’ fins e.g. fish lips or sea cucumber or as in the case of dinner receptions here in Sibu, they are serving the very nutritious herbal black chicken soup instead.
But if you are craving for something that tastes like sharks’ fins soup, you can just hop over to the nearest grocery store and grab a packet of this…
This is Maggi’s crab and tang hoon soup – only RM2.70 and if you look carefully, it now has 25% less salt and is msg free! It is very easy to prepare! Dissolve the contents in 750 ml. of water and bring it to a boil, stirring continuously. Add 1 tablespoon (or slightly less) of soy sauce to it, and after breaking an egg and beating it, pour it slowly into the boiling soup, beating the soup with a fork or spoon so that the egg will be dispersed. You will get something like this…
Of course you can improve the taste if you add two or three slices of ginger (or you can cut it into thin strips…but I hate the taste of ginger in the mouth), minced meat or prawns…or even crab meat! Fish lips or sea cucumber is optional as, like sharks’ fins, they make no difference to the taste at all. Sometimes I even add a dash of Foochow red wine…and I assure you it can rival the sharks’ fins soup in many restaurants around!
So hopefully, this practice of eating sharks’ fins soup will eventually fade away…and the scenario where guests judge the value of the dinner you host by the size of the sharks’ fins will be a thing of the past. I HAVE seen somebody at the same table dipping the ladle into the soup to check…and making snide remarks like, “Only cornflour!” Or he/she will say, “Aiyor! As big as my pnee-khang-sai (What’s in your nose, that is!)!!” On the other hand, if there is a substantial amount of sharks’ fins…and huge ones at that, he/she will sneer and cast knowing glances at the friends at the same table as if to say, “Huh! Show off!!! Trying to tell us he/she is so rich!!” Obviously, it is all a matter of “face” and something quite as ridiculous as in the case of some Chinese brides wearing tonnes and tonnes of gold jewellery… ROTFLMAO!!!
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Stand up against cruelty to all living things! Save the sharks!!!