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Imitation Shark Fin Soup (Fake Fin Soup)

Imitation Shark Fin Soup Recipe

I bought the imitation shark fin (frozen) at NTUC, Singapore. You may only find it at selected (bigger) outlets, or seasonally (during Chinese New Year).


  • 500g imitation shark fin (shark’s fin)
  • boiling water
  • 700ml rich chicken stock either instant (tetra-pak) or home-made
  • 4 dried black fungus soaked in hot water to soften, discard the hard part on the centre underside of the fungus and sliced thinly
  • 4 fresh shiitake mushrooms stalks trimmed and caps sliced thinly if using dried Chinese mushrooms, soak in hot water to soften before use
  • 250g cooked crab meat if using frozen, thaw before use
  • cornstarch solution combine 2 heaped tbsp corn flour with 4 tbsp water
  • salt or light soy sauce to taste

Serving Suggestions

  • coriander
  • white pepper powder
  • black vinegar
  • blanched beansprouts optional
  • shredded chicken boil a piece of chicken breast for about 15 minutes, shred when the chicken is cooled


  1. Place imitation shark fins in a wide and deep plate. Blanch the fins by pouring boiling water over it and leaving it covered for about 5 minutes. Discard water, drain the fins and set aside.
  2. Bring chicken broth to boil in a pot. Add sliced black fungus and sliced mushrooms, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add crab meat and blanched sharks fin. Bring to a simmer for another 3 minutes.
  4. Before using cornstarch solution, stir again to dissolve cornflour in the mixture. Slowly pour in the cornstarch solution while stirring until you reach the consistency desired. For thicker and starchier soup, add more cornstarch solution; for a more watery and soupy consistency, add more broth. Season with salt, light soy sauce or other seasonings if needed.
  5. Dish the soup to serving bowls and serve on the side – coriander, white pepper, black vinegar and optionally, blanched beansprouts and shredded chicken.
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54 comments on “Imitation Shark Fin Soup (Fake Fin Soup)”

  1. hi,

    May I know where can i buy the imitation shark fin?


    • hi Amy, I got mine from NTUC, Tampines Mall outlet, frozen seafood section. Not sure if they are still selling it now. HTHs

  2. Hi, i love the sound of your recipe. Would love to try. Beside im pregnant so avoiding eating sharks is a must. But im from uk. Cant find it anywhere. You know where i can buy it? Or u sud sell it on ebay lol so ppl like me can buy off u. X

  3. Hi Wiffy,

    Happy New Year!
    Excellent paper! I am looking this information because I am planning to produce this artificial shark’s fin in Canada, do you know where I can buy this kind of equipment?

  4. Hi Noobcook,

    Can i know how you cooked the frozen crab meat?

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  6. Hi wiffy

    I just loved your recipe blog, I want to make shark fin soup , As I am a vegetarian,is the imitation shark fin vegetarian ?

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  10. Hi,

    May i enquire what the serving size of this recipe is.

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