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Imitation Shark’s Fin and Crab Meat Omelette Recipe


Recipe: Imitation Shark’s Fin and Crab Meat Omelette

6 eggs
1 cup imitation shark’s fin
1 cup crab meat (freshly picked or frozen)
1/2 cup thinly sliced cabbage
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
3 dashes white pepper powder
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons cooking oil
Some chopped scallions


Beat 6 eggs in a big bowl. Add in all the ingredients above (except crab meat and cooking oil). Stir well. Heat up a wok and add in the cooking oil. Drop the crab meat into the wok and lightly stir it around for about 1 minute. Pour the beaten eggs mixture into the wok and continue to stir until the eggs start to cook. Break the eggs into small lumps/pieces and make sure they are completely cooked (but not overcooked). Toss in the chopped scallions, do a quick stir, dish out and serve hot.

Cook’s Notes:

If you can’t find imitation shark’s fin, you can use glass noodles (also known as cellophane noodles or mung bean noodles) instead.
I used freshly picked crab meat from a 1 1/2 pound crab. I saved the orange roes from the crab and top the omelette with them.
You can also use lettuce if you wanted to make this dish into omelette cups.

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28 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Terri @ A Daily Obsession

    ur crab egg scramble looks so good, better than d hotels. i used to love wedding banquets but not since wedding dinners have swollen to 100, 150 tables n hotels simply don’t cook good chinese food as well as restaurants. at least in kk they don’t. n yes, i read somewhere tt nearly all restaurants use imitation sharks’ fins n pass them off as real – and ppl pay top $$ for fake jelly fins!

    • Rebecca

      Yes, too many even high class restaurants use the fake shark fin and charge us for the real stuff !! The real shark fin — 1 side is a cut line and the tip is pointed. Now we try not to eat the real shark fin, hope the restaurants don’t cheat.
      Fake Jelly fins also called Vegetarian shark fins, they are pointed at both ends.
      Too many Chinese Restaurant cook and serve not the real recipe. Many original Chinese cuisines recipe will disappear if no one teaches the real recipe. When we die, I am sure all real recipes will be gone too. ( I’m over 65 now ! )
      In England, Chinese Cooking Schools, they teach Chinese cuisine just like the Western cuisine.
      For this recipe, normally we add in some bean sprouts, carrot in it but not cabbage !! The bean sprouts head and tail must remove so that it is pretty and crunchy. Some chef add in some finely shredded green pepper for color.

  2. veron

    I remember those chinese wedding banquets we call them lauriat(sp?) -one dish after another – love those cold appetizers… and the shark fin soup – one of my favorites. We also had a chinese restaurant back home (we’re cantonese but I don’t know why the restaurant was called Mandarin Restaurant) …and I had my fill of shark fin and birds nest soups.
    Aside from the soups, I also looked forward to the fried pigeons (I think they call them squabs over here)
    I always wondered why rice was served at the end of the meal?
    Your crab meat omelette looks so tasty…I wonder if my Asian Market here has imitation shark fin.

  3. Andaliman

    I remember one time one of my multiply’s contacts posted a recipe of imitation shark fin soup. It looked good. Your omelette looks good too

  4. Zen Chef

    Yum! That’s a recipe i really want to try, it looks delicious!
    I’ve been to Chinese wedding banquets in the past and i agree it is a lot of fun…at least until they bring out the Karaoke machine!
    The XO Cognac makes it much less painful!

  5. Jen Yu

    This looks great! I have never had this before (no wait, I may have when I was little?). My parents threw a Chinese banquet for us with 11 courses, because my dad insisted on inserting lobster… and crab… and fish and… but the plate of cold appetizers is one of my favorite parts of banquets. We should have consulted with you on the menu!!

  6. bsg 3

    Chinese cuisine and banquet , no 1 in the world ( and beyond )
    the ala jui har cha u show one here also damn good , ( without the drunkards )! but who can blame them coz the whole thing is called “eat liquor” right !

  7. durianberry

    I support the use of fake shark’s fin :) My mom cooks this quite often. She uses glass noodles though. I’ve yet to see fake shark’s fin sold in Malaysia

  8. Danielle

    I went to my first Chinese banquet wedding a month or two ago, actually. It was amazing! And in between each course, there was some sort of entertainment – dancing from the bride and groom, dragons performing athletics or wandering around the room requesting red envelopes filled with good luck money, &c.

  9. sc

    hey, one of my faves! in my kampung, we call this dish ‘guai fei chi’ named after one of the famous 4 beauties (shi da mei ren) in China

  10. tigerfish

    Whoa, as good as da real thing! I also like this. Some restaurants even have this entire dish on it’s own now 9with real sharks fin) and no longer come in “cold dish platter” format in weddings! Did you just eat this at a wedding?…hee heee

  11. Anonymous

    Lovely blog and recipe. I think the only place that I know competing with Chinese wedding banquet is my current residence, Spain. Average 3-4 hours of continuous food and drink – (not counting the liquor and dancing time afterwards). If you get invited to one, don’t miss it!

  12. Raymond

    Hey there. I stumbled upon your site when I was searching for some Malaysian recipe.

    I’m so happy that they ACTUALLY sell imitation shark fin. Can you please tell me which brand was the imitation shark fin from. Thanks!

    P/S – Good job on the site :)

  13. Dan

    mmmm…that sounds really good! I would have never thought to make a scramble – especially out of shark’s fin!

    This reminds me chicken lettuce wraps which I love! Your recipe looks really light and tasty!

  14. Calgary Girl


    I’ve looking for the fake shark fins every where. Could anyone tell me where to buy this? This salad is soooo good. Thanks

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