Shark fin dumplings – Good Luck Dim Sum

Shark fin dumplings - Good Luck Dim Sum
Dense and delicious! I doubt that there’s any real shark fin in these. 3 for $1.60
Good Luck Dim Sum, San Francisco CA

White Christmas trees, Collingwood Street

White Christmas trees, Collingwood Street.

Shark’s fin dumpling in soup – Tai Wu Mr. Fong’s Restaurant

Shark's fin dumpling in soup - Wu Tai Mr. Fong's Restaurant
Large pork dumpling in a broth with pieces of shark’s fin. $6
Tai Wu Mr. Fong’s Restaurant, Daly City CA

Shark's fin dumpling in soup - Wu Tai Mr. Fong's Restaurant
I really wasn’t sure what we would get when I ordered this since California has that ban on shark’s fin, but there was real shark’s fin in there! The shark’s fin didn’t really taste like anything, but it had a firm snappy texture.

Shark's fin dumpling in soup - Wu Tai Mr. Fong's Restaurant
The broth was yummy and super hot and the pork dumpling was a beast. I really didn’t know how to use the vinegar and shredded ginger so I would just pour a little on each spoonful. Hehe!

Abandoned building (old lookout?) with graffiti
Abandoned building (old lookout?) with graffiti, Sweeney Ridge Trail. I really liked the colors and shapes in the graffiti. I can never read any of them, but I can at least appreciate their overal look.

Faux shark’s fin soup – Benu

Faux shark's fin soup Benu

With dungeness crab, Jinhua ham, and black truffle custard. Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

I liked this. A bit on the tasty side (from the black truffle custard), but still flavorful. I don’t know what all the fuss is about shark’s fin (or faux shark’s fin in this case). It doesn’t taste like anything – it just has a cartilaginous texture. The Jinhua ham broth was rich and the dungeness crab helped to lighten it up. Good dish, but not my favorite.

Faux shark's fin soup Benu

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Shark fin dumplings – Clement Restaurant

Shark fin dumplings Clement Restaurant
Lye water dough (shiu mai wrapper) filled with a mixture of chopped shrimp, pork fillet, shark fin, spring onion and Chinese parsley. The dumplings are then steamed.
Clement Restaurant, San Francisco

So California Assembly Bill 376 would ban the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins in the state of California.  It’s suppose to be heard before the Senate Committee on Appropriations on Monday, August 15th in Sacramento.  We’ll see what happens!  I have to admit that I’ve never wondered if I’m eating real shark fin in dim sum.  For some reason, I always assumed it was imitation shark fin.  I know that’s ignorant of me, so I’m curious to see what happens with AB 376.  I definitely don’t agree with the practice of shark finning, but would this bill also ban shark fins that were harvested without finning?  My assumption would be YES, but I’ll have to read more about the debate. 

Regardless, I don’t know if I can even distinguish the shark fin flavor or texture in these dumplings from any other similar dumplings.  In that regard, I probably wouldn’t be affected by the shark fin ban but opponents of the bill cite cultural reasons.  Sounds fishy to me (pardon the pun)!