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Shark Fin and Bird’s Nest, both products are ingredients in the Chinese delicacy cuisine. As such, the items resemble a high social status and when served are supposed to impress.
 

Shark Fin
Shark fin soup (Chinese: 魚翅: pinyin: yú chì) is a Cantonese cuisine delicacy commonly served as part of a Chinese feast, at special occasions as a symbol of wealth and prestige.
Shark Fins are sold dried or frozen.
The "finning" of sharks required to make this soup has been highly controversial. Some have called the practice brutal, and it is also named as a primary contributing factor in the global decline of many shark species.

Bird’s Nest
Bird's nest soup (Chinese: 燕窝, yàn wō) is a delicacy.
The edible bird's nests are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans. The nests have been traditionally used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years, most often as bird's nest soup, which is said to have high levels of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium and are believed to strengthen the immune system, raising the libido and aiding digestion. The nests are produced by male cave swifts with the help of the bird’s saliva during mating season. Due to high market prices when harvest, the swiftlet population has dropped, so that the birds are now on the protected species list.
 

Shark Fin Restaurant Shark Fin Restaurant in China Town, Bangkok. Photo © nationsonline.org
 

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