Shark Fin Soup

To eat or not to eat

A worker arranging shark fins at Chung Ching Street in Sheung Wan on June 1, 2013. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang

That is the question.

Monday, 14 October, 2013, 3:27pm

Cites bans trade in shark species that are at crisis level

Dried oceanic white tip shark fins at a shark fin warehouse in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

An international conference has voted to ban trade in some shark species whose populations have fallen to crisis levels, in part because of demand from China - the world's biggest consumer of shark fins for use in soup.

12 Mar 2013 - 2:21am

Fin de fin: Hong Kong restaurants offer alternatives to shark's fin

Double-boiled conch and silky chicken soup from Loong Toh Yuen at Hullett House. Photos: Jonathan Wong

Corporate banker Arthur Chan Yat-long, 27, plans to wed Rachel Chan Mei-kwan, 26, in October. After seeing "disturbing" images of how shark fins are procured, the pair want a banquet without the ocean predator.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:26pm 1 comment

CCTV report claims that sharks are in restaurant kitchens, not in the soup

CCTV reveals restaurants using fake shark fins that may be toxic.

There's something fishy about the shark-fin soup found at various restaurants in Beijing, Zhengzhou and Nanjing, and not in a good way. It might not actually contain shark and could be toxic, according to an exposé by a state broadcaster yesterday.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Who said it?

Shark's fin soup protester Dr Kerry Jang

He is not Chinese, he is a banana. He is only doing this to get cheap political votes

Vancouver restaurant owner David Chung hits out at shark's fin soup protester Dr Kerry Jang


Any scheme we pledge to the elderly must be sustainable day after day, and year after year

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying


2 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Shark-fin banquet ban needs support

Changing traditions is not easy. It is even more difficult when substantial economic interests are involved. The battle to curb consumption of shark fin on the mainland is a case in point. Despite intensifying global campaigns to take the dish off the menu, appetite for the delicacy remains strong.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Official banquets may ban shark fin

The mainland is considering banning officials from eating shark fin at banquets paid for by public money within three years - a prohibition environmentalists say would give a big push to global efforts to end the trade.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

No appetite for delicacy

Weddings are filled with elaborate customs and the banquet is one of the most important. But in response to growing concerns about environmental and sustainability issues, some traditions are making way for modern variations.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Unhealthy appetite for cruelty in world's shark-fin capital

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

No bite

The decision made earlier this year by two Hong Kong-based hotel groups to ban shark fin from their restaurants represented a significant landmark in the campaign to end its consumption. Indeed, taking shark fin off the menu prevents people from ordering it.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wedding couples pledge to keep shark's fin soup off the menu

The Hong Kong Shark Foundation's Happy Hearts Love Sharks campaign, launched in January, has received pledges from at least 26 couples to host wedding banquets where shark's fin soup will not be served.

Now, the foundation has upgraded the grand prize it is offering as an incentive.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Menu's modern look

While most people know what to expect at a Chinese wedding banquet, over the years some of the standard dishes have fallen out of fashion.

According to Vivien Fok, director of events at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, in the past few years shark's fin soup is no longer an absolute requirement on the menu.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Threat of jail can curb the vote cheats

I agree with the sentiments expressed by James Middleton regarding the vote-rigging of the district council election ('How to crack down on vote-rigging', December 14).

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Asians not treated fairly by universities

There is discrimination against Asian students when applying to top American universities, according to a South China Morning Post report.

Studies show Asian Americans meet top admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 per cent representation of the US population.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Taking shark fins off the city's menu

Hong Kong has a deserved reputation as a city which offers great food. The wide range of gastronomic delights available in our restaurants makes our city a paradise for diners and our Chinese cuisine is among the finest to be found anywhere in the world. But some of the dishes on our menus get there as a result of cruel practices or involve endangered species.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am