Saturday, August 12, 2006

fake made good



This is 'salty water', a Chinese carbonated soft drink made with salt, sugar, lemon and carbonated water. Orginally it began as a sort of fake Coca-Cola, or at least a cheap local version of the expensive western fizzy drinks exported to Shanghai in the 30s and 40s for the foreign community there. It is now a product in its own right with several brands producing it. Interesting how a fake gained its own ground - how many of today's alternatives and fakes will make it in their own right?

2 comments:

anoo said...

i never thought this "salty water " is fake fizzy drinks. actually i think it tastes better than the original no-salty-water. chinese put salt in it,it's a new thing. and it's the very local thing to me in my memory as local as my grandparents in Shanghai. because my first memory about this "salty water" is connected to my grandparents in my deep childhood memory.
and, don't you think it tastes better than Sprite?

i see what you mean said...

i'm a fan of it, not too sweet unlike a lot of other soft drinks and the lemon flavour also is very refreshing. I think it could have a market overseas - its a nice change from the usual cola/fruit options...