Reflections of a By­gone eRa

Exquisite Taste - - Advertorial Aqua Reflections - By Steven Jauw Waludin

Tucked away in the bustling Ke­bon Sirih neigh­bour­hood in cen­tral Jakarta, Shang­hai Blue 1920 ex­udes old Shang­hainese charm with its clas­si­cal an­tique pieces. Painted a clas­si­cal red hue, the restau­rant's walls are adorned with in­tri­cate wooden carv­ings, retro Chi­nese sign­boards and frames of vin­tage paint­ings and pho­to­graphs. The restau­rant's in­te­ri­ors speak of clas­si­cal Shang­hai's vi­brant tea houses fre­quented by colour­ful char­ac­ters.

A favourite amongst fre­quent din­ers at the restau­rant is the Chan Mo Sang Hi­pio soup. Flavour­ful meat rolls nes­tle on a bed of Chi­nese ver­mi­celli noo­dles, fin­ished off with boy choy and slices of black ear fun­gus. The clas­sic dish re­flects the Shang­hainese pref­er­ences for dishes that are lightly sea­soned with re­fined flavours. Glo­ri­ously paired with the finest AQUA Reflections Still wa­ter, din­ers can ap­pre­ci­ate the el­e­gantly lay­ered flavour­ings of the dish, which are pleas­ing to the palate, like the metic­u­lously sourced high-qual­ity spring wa­ter. AQUA Reflections is a line of high­qual­ity min­eral wa­ter that comes in a very at­trac­tive bot­tle, de­signed by re­spected de­sign­ers and artists – with Eko Nu­groho de­sign­ing the lat­est col­lec­tion.

An­other clas­sic Shang­hainese dish is Sleep­ing Prawn in the Nest. Break­ing open the crisp shells of Chi­nese noo­dles, din­ers are treated to juicy and flavour­ful whole prawns. In be­tween the daz­zling culi­nary gems, a sip of AQUA Reflections Still wa­ter is the per­fect palate cleanser one needs, with its beau­ti­fully bal­anced pris­tine flavour.

A spe­cialty of the restau­rant is the Wushi honey-glazed beef spare ribs. Gen­er­ous chunks of ten­der spare ribs are coated de­light­fully in umami honey-based sauce. A won­der­ful culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence wouldn't be com­plete with­out a chilled bot­tle of AQUA Reflections Still wa­ter to end the meal on a re­fresh­ing note. The clear, be­spoke nat­u­ral taste of the still wa­ter com­ple­ments the clean, el­e­gant culi­nary cre­ations of Shang­hai Blue 1920.

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