A traditional Hong Kong dish is shark fin soup. It’s under a lot of strain from western countries due to the way these animals are treated. Rather than catching a shark and using the whole animal, fishermen tend to cut off the fins and throw them back to die, which is a rather cruel way to treat these beautiful animals. I have nothing against eating shark or any other animal, as long as it’s treated with respect. Therefore I’ve never eaten shark fin soup, and I don’t think I ever will unless I can be guaranteed the animal didn’t suffer.
These shark fin flavored pretzel sticks, however, surely can’t be made of actual shark fins. At most there is a flavor powder sprinkled on the sticks. In flavor it reminded me very much of that other pretzel stick creation I wrote about earlier, the Beijing duck pretzel. It seemed to be a simple bread stick sprinkled with bouillon cube powder. Unlike the Beijing duck variety though, this one was not as harsh and heavy handed on the seasoning, and was therefore a lot nicer to eat.
Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 6