Due to the impending shark fin ban in California (no more fins after June 30). A fin tastings at LA restaurants that offer fins a la carte is hereby proposed. Clearly, there are vast differences in fin grades and different cooking styles.
The rule is simple. Order your pick of the version that best suited you from each restaurant 's ready to serve/a la carte menu (walk-in, no pre-ordering). In the past 6 months, I have enjoyed impromptu shark fin soup at the followings places:
Sam Woo (Monterey Park), Shanghai #1, Sea Harbor and Top Island.
I will try a few more places this weekend and summarize my findings eventually. All suggestions are welcome.