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Taking Your Spring to the Next Level

August 26, 2016

Spring is a glorious time of year, particularly in Prahran. The market fills up with bright blooms, local shops launch colourful collections and people flood the sidewalks, freshly-emerged from winter hibernation. At David’s Restaurant, we love cooking fresh spring dishes that make the most of seasonal produce. We love serving our Shanghai country dishes in a dining room flooded with sunlight. We love stepping out onto our Cecil Place doorstep to smell the spring air. We love spring so much, in fact, that we want to help you have the best spring ever. Read on for our top tips on taking your spring to the next level!

1. Be all like this in the streets of Prahran
‘Tis the season for public displays of dancing!

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2. Work florals into your wardrobe
To help you out with this one, we’ve selected four of our favourite spring looks – the Enormous Rose Hat Look, the White-Gloved Petunia Look, the Blossoming Pink Lily Look and the Daisy for Hair Look.
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3. Borrow a lamb to take for a walk
Lambs are basically the season’s mascot. When planning your walking route, take care to avoid the dog park! And if you can’t source a lamb, just force your dog into a lamb costume.
Source: Topsy Farms
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4. Stay above ground
Spring is not the time to visit dungeons or other underground venues. Spend your time in bright, sun-soaked spots like the David’s dining room!
Source: Jeremy Statton
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5. Call everything Spring Break
This includes your lunch break, bathroom break or even a colleague’s broken coffee mug.Davids_Spring Break_Mug

6. Drink colourful cocktails while you plot a beach bod game plan
We can help you with that! The David’s bar staff make a divine Lychee Martini, David’s Sour, Shanghai Summer and more. Or you can visit our mates at Zhou Zhou bar above Oriental Teahouse on Chapel Street – they’re cocktail geniuses!
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The Curious Tale of our Country Comfort Pork Belly

August 12, 2016

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David Zhou’s culinary journey began as a when he was just a boy. Raised on Nanjing Road, one of the busiest streets in Shanghai, he would wake up well before dawn lured out the door by the smell of freshly prepared wonton soup. He would tiptoe past his sleeping mother and ride her bike into the heart of Shanghai to visit the street vendors for breakfast. Although David grew up in the city, he regularly traveled to the Chinese countryside with his mother, a renowned opera actress at the time. These trips took him to Zhouzhuang, a 1600-year old heritage water village. David instantly felt at home, enchanted by the humble people and wholesome food.

The David’s menu is an extension of David Zhou. It’s a beautifully personal compilation of his childhood, Shanghainese pride, inherited culinary skills and life travels. Today we’re shining the spotlight on one of the most popular items on the menu at David’s Restaurant; it’s country comfort in a bowl and a dish that our guests never seem to tire of.

The dish down low
David describes this dish as his go-to comfort dish based on his mother’s recipe. Shanghainese people just can’t get enough of this sticky, sweet, savoury melt-in-your-mouth pork belly recipe.

What makes it special?
“The traditional way is to cook it with boiled eggs, but we gave it an Aussie twist and cook it with chat potatoes instead,” says David. “Potatoes are a staple of the Australian diet, but they work really well with the other elements of the dish.”

A connection to culture
According to David, this dish is one of the most beloved dishes in Shanghainese cuisine and culture. You’ll find a version of this dish on dining tables of all Shanghainese families almost daily.

So why put it on the menu?
“Easy. It’s synonymous with Shanghainese cuisine, so as a restaurant celebrating and serving Shanghainese cuisine, the menu wouldn’t be complete without it,” says David.

The tricky bit
“The difficulty in cooking this dish is the careful balance and timing of the light and dark soy sauces in the dish,” says David. “Also, it’s a beautifully thick dish, but we don’t take shortcuts and use corn starch to thicken it. Instead, we let the slow caramelisation of sugar crystals thicken the sauce. This process also adds a pretty special depth of flavour.”

Did you know…
“When we cook this dish, we blanch the pork belly first so that it loses a fair bit of its fat. The result is a beautifully tender and juicy pork without the amount of excess fat you sometimes find with pork belly,” says David.

David’s hot tip
“Use your chopsticks or fork to break the potato up and it will soak up all the sweet and savoury sauce of this flavour-packed Shanghainese stew.”

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China’s Fashion History and Modern Street Style

June 7, 2016

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Photo: Laia Magazie

Elaborate embroidery, fine silks, vibrant dying and meticulous weaving – these are all traits associated with traditional Chinese fashion. Through thousands of years of dynasties, the people of China have placed great importance on garment aesthetics. Quality and presentation have always been crucial, but no more crucial than the overall appearance of the wearer. Particular attention has been paid to hair, with men and women styling their locks into the fashionable ‘look’ of each era.

Chinese society has placed so much importance on appearance because fine clothing, along with cuisine and written language, is a way to set their culture apart from others. In fact they shunned certain fabrics, like wool, because it was the material of choice for ‘uncivilised’ animal-herding nomads.

Today, the fashion of China falls somewhere between the traditional and the mass-produced modern. Scrolling through photos of Chinese street style, it’s easy to see that China has maintained its fondness for detail, with prints, unique cuts and accessorising common threads across a variety of looks.

Mouth-watering photos of Chinese food are generally our favourite, but street-style photography comes a close second. We wanted to give you a taste of style from China’s city streets, so we’ve plucked a few of our favourite snaps from Chinese fashion blogs, interweb-wide.

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Photo: All the Pretty Birds

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Photo: How To Survive as a Fashionable Teenager

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Photo: Style Fan

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Photo: Style By Asia

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Photo: Timeout Shanghai

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Photo: The Best Fashion Blog

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Photo: Icon House

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11 Reasons Why Mums Are Incredible Human Beings

May 2, 2016

Giving Thanks to Mothers

Truthfully, we should celebrate our mothers every day – but it’s not always possible to call for a chat or drop by for a visit during our busy lives. Luckily, there is a day dedicated to appreciating the first woman we ever met. We thought we could remind you of a few reasons why mothers are so special and important when it comes to our identity, regardless of what day it is.

1. Mothers are inherently patient.

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2. They make sure you always have the best view.

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3. Mums know the difference between food you want and nutrients you need.

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4. They know exactly how to cheer you up after a terrible day (and give the best hugs).

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5. And they’ll always come to your rescue should you run into trouble.

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6. A mum will always laugh at your jokes.

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7. And when you are with her, you instantly feel at home.

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8. Mums only have your best interests at heart.

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9. She’s the only person who cares more about your appearance than you do.

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10. Mums are almost always willing to share their meal with you, or give you leftovers – even when they’re not finished.

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11. And most importantly, mums know how to gently reminder you how to do life properly.

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Homemade Flower Tea for Mother’s Day

April 19, 2016

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Source: Image Juicy

This Mother’s Day, you could give your mum a bouquet of flowers. You can’t go wrong with a bouquet of flowers, right?!
That’s true, but how about one-upping things this year? Instead of a bouquet, set aside a little time to make teas from beautiful dried flowers. It’s a quirky twist on the tried and true Mother’s Day flower bouquet and we’re just the people to help you make it!

What You Need:

  1. Flowers of choice
  2. Muslin cloth, cut into small squares
  3. String

First, pick your flowers. Rose petals, hibiscus, chamomile and chrysanthemum make gorgeous floral brews, but you can transform any edible flower into tea. Whichever you choose, be sure the flowers are certified organic – otherwise, there’s danger of pesticide contamination. So if the flowers aren’t home-grown, find a florist that sells organic blooms.

Next, strip the stems of leaves and gather the flowers into small bunches of just a few flowers to allow the air to circulate around the whole flower. Tie the stems of each bunch with string and hang them somewhere warm, dark and dry. Now just leave them for about 2-3 weeks or until the petals are dry and crispy to the touch.

Alternatively, if you’re short on time, you can dry the flowers in the oven. To start, preheat the oven to the lowest possible temperature. While it heats, spread the flowers on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Slide the tray into the oven and leave the oven door slightly ajar to ventilate. Keep a very close eye on the flowers – some flowers will dry out in 10 minutes, others will take hours. Again, make sure they are dry and crispy to the touch.

Now, for assembly! Discard the flower stems and place one tablespoon of dried flower in each square of muslin cloth. Gather the cloth into a little bunch around the flowers and tie it at the top, creating a sweet little sack. Do this as many times as you like and arrange the tea bags into a little box or basket for your mum!

And with all that being said… there’s no shame in saying ‘stuff it!’ and just buying tea. Our friends at Oriental Teahouse have created a special tea just for Mother’s Day, featuring pink carnation and silver needle. It’s beautiful! You can order it online right here.

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For information on our famous Mother’s Day yum cha sittings, click here.

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Chinese New Year at David’s

January 25, 2016

February 8th marks Chinese New Year and as always, we’re celebrating.

These are the two dates you need to mark in your diary:

Saturday February 6th at 7pm — celebratory dinner featuring 5 courses with matched drinks, $80pp all-inclusive.
Sunday February 7th at 6.30pm — a la carte menu, Chinese New Year specials and a free lion dance show.

Twenty sixteen is the Year of the Monkey and if you’re curious to know more about what those born within this Chinese zodiac, head to Oriental Teahouse’s blog and read up on personality traits, lucky numbers and more.

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For now, we want to give you a sneak peek of our special Chinese New Year menu. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Soy smoked fish with shredded veg (matched with Scott Fiano, Adelaide Hills SA, 2013)
  2. Monks 10 veg (mached with Pizzini Verduzzo, King Valley VIC, 2013)
  3. Braised sticky Shanghai sweet sour pork ribs (matched with Pacha Mama Shiraz, Heathcote VIC, 2012)
  4. Tender beef in a roasted spring onion sauce (matched with Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon, Margret River WA, 2011)
  5. A sweet twist on a bean (matched with sake)

We don’t want to give too much away, but the dessert is truly unlike anything else available in Melbourne!

To book, call David’s on (03) 9529 5199

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Top 10 Food Songs

December 2, 2015

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Source: Marmalade Bleue

Food is the best. Why? Because not only can you eat it, but because you can sing about it! You don’t have to be a pop star to bust out a ballad about what’s in your bowl, but if you were, you’d be in good company. We’ve been jamming out to food-related songs and these are the best of the bunch. Add them to your Christmas playlist and don’t be ashamed of second helpings.

  1. Reverend Horton Heat – Eat Steak

  1. Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly

  1. Harry Nilsson – Coconut

  1. Muscles – Ice Cream

  1. Tin Tin – Toast and Marmalade for Tea

  1. Weird Al Yankovich – Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch

  1. President of the United States of America – Peaches

  1. Joe Liggins and the Honey Drippers – Pink Champagne

  1. Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches

  1. Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

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Your Prahran Christmas Shopping Guide

November 17, 2015

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The Christmas whirlwind is sweeping across Melbourne and if you don’t have a game plan, you’re probably going to get swept up along with it. And who knows where it’ll drop you!

David’s Restaurant is nestled right in the heart of Prahran, surrounded by some of the best shopping spots in town. But rather than leaving you to wander the streets of Stonnington and discover them on your own, we’ve put together a quick guide. Think of it as your ultimate time-saving Prahran Christmas shopping gift guide!

And it goes without saying that we’d love to have you in for a feed before, after or during your shopping day.

  1. Essential Ingredient – Foodie Gifts

Food! And food-related items! That’s what this luxe warehouse-style shop is all about. If you’re shopping for a foodie friend or family member, this is your (exquisite rose petal) jam. Champagne vinegar, biodynamic wholegrain farro, truffled peaches and pomegranate syrup are just a few of the gourmet goods on offer.

Prahran Market, Elizabeth Street, Prahran VIC 3141
www.essentialingredient.com.au

  1. Milk & Sugar – Homeware Gifts

This bright and cheery shop is stocked with stacks and stacks of the sort of simple, gorgeous homewares that make a home look like it’s in a magazine. They make bowls, plates, lamps, stools, throws and more. Plus, they believe in making gorgeous things affordable, so you might get the good kind of shock when you check the price tag.

207 Chapel Street, Prahran VIC 3181
www.milkandsugar.com.au

  1. Urban Attitude – Crazy Gifts

These guys are up the road in South Yarra, but well within the bounds of our neighbourly love. Urban Attitude is bright, colourful and crazy, which probably suits a few names on your list perfectly. They stock dinosaur planters, loud socks, cool paper wallets, unique greeting cards and wrap, Kanye West pins and HEAPS more.

Shop 1/478 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141
www.urbanattitude.com.au

  1. Ivy Muse – Plant Gifts

Stylish gardening is very popular this year and you’ve probably noticed a few of your friends getting into the trend. Ivy Muse designs one-of-a-kind plant stands that transform regular pot plants into dynamic, elegant décor elements. The stands are made with steel and powder-coated in stunning colours – your heart will probably skip a beat when you walk in and see the display!

153 Greville Street, Prahran VIC 3181 (enter through Signed & Numbered)
www.ivymuse.com.au

  1. Chapel Street Bazaar – Eclectic/Vintage Gifts

This place is hard to categorise because they have SO MUCH STUFF. It has a flea market vibe, home to over 80 individual stallholders that stock strange, shiny, bizarre and wonderful wares that range from vintage jewellery to vinyls to tin signs. You can almost always find the perfect thing for that hard-to-shop-for person here!

217 Chapel Street, Prahran VIC 3181
www.facebook.com/ChapelStreetBazaar

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New Years Eve Sparkling Yum Cha 2015

November 9, 2015

Why not ring in the new year in style with our NYE Sparkling Yum Cha.

All the David’s Yum Cha favourites with bubbles to match.

Welcome Cocktail on arrival and DJ spinning tunes through out the night to see in the new year

 

NYE Poster 2015

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China’s Weirdest Plants

October 22, 2015

If you’ve ever searched the #meanwhileinchina hashtag, you already know about some of the crazy stuff goes on there. But Mother Nature made sure China was keeping it weird well before hashtags — keep scrolling for some of the strange plant life that outdoes even the tallest stack of chairs tied to the back of a man riding a unicycle.

Buddhas Hand
This creepy-looking citrus doesn’t have much flesh or juice, but it has plenty of essential oil in the peel. In China, people will sometimes carry these plants with them or display them in their homes as token of good luck and happiness.
Source: HV Garden Journal

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Black Batflower
You wouldn’t want to meet this flower in a dark garden. Not only is it spooky-looking, it can also cause spontaneous bowel movements…
Source: Tumblr

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Fleece Flower Root
The verdict is out on whether or not the root of this fleece flower actually takes on the shape of a human body. It feels like a hoax, but trustworthy Chinese farmers swear they dig them up this way. Your call!
Source: Shuangxingfu

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Chinese Paper Lanterns
This stunning flora is native across Asia and even some areas of Europe. The flowers have a thin, papery skin and as it ages, it becomes the intricate case you see here.
Source: Flickr

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Golden Lotus Banana
This native Chinese plant isn’t actually related to the lotus, but it resembles a giant, golden version of one. It stays in bloom for up to 250 days and is considered sacred by Buddhist monks of tropical Yunnan.
Source: Flickr

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