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History inspired Shanghai Blue 1920 throws it back to Batavia with sumptuous Chinese dishes nostalgic to old Shanghai.

Shanghai was one of the most glamorous cities in the world and a melting pot of Eastern and Western influence. This comes from the Europeans that invaded the city on and off, from the Opium Wars in the late 1800’s, which made Shanghai an international port with a large number of tea houses.

Some ships that left Shanghai ended up in Batavia, old Jakarta. Here, Chang Mo San and his wife Siti Zaenab started a warung called Shanghai Tea House. The food at Shanghai Blue 1920 is influenced by the Europeans who occupied Shanghai in 1920, which is reminiscent of this old tea house. Not only this, but the restaurant itself houses a few pieces of the old Shanghai Tea House.

Being a popular international port, many of the dishes at Shanghai Blue are seafood based.

One popular dish, which is influenced by the French Concession in Shanghai is the Love Duet of Melted Cheese and Crunchy Asparagus, which is a dish of crunchy asparagus rolls served with cheese and XO sauce. Also influenced by this time are the delicious XO Scallop Dumplings, that are moist scallop rolls.

It is Chinese ritual to warm up the body with soup, and for this we recommend trying to Chan Mo Sang Seafood Soup, that is thick and smooth, comprising of mild spice and sweet and sour flavours. This soup includes the catches of the day, including crab, shrimp, and fish. Another great soup selection is the Shanghai Blue Fish Soup, which is a warm clear soup with fish and coriander.

For mains, we recommend the Shanghai Chrysanthemum Fried Tilapia, a crispy tilapia fish with mango and sweet chili sauce, and the Shanghai Blue Red Chicken, which is marinated in sweet soy sauce, star anise, cinnamon, and orange skin.  

For more information about Shanghai Blue 1920 or to make a reservation, email shanghai-blue@tuguhotels.com or call +62 21 391 8690.

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