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China’s 9 Best, Weirdest & Most Useless Inventions

October 6, 2015

When you put over 1.3 billion people in one country (that’s nearly 20 per cent of the world’s population), they’re bound to come up with something interesting. Sure, the Great Wall was a bit of a breakthrough, but today the county’s brightest are inventing everything from the incredible to the downright useless. Here are some of our favourite inventions out of China.

1. Yu Jietao put his wood carving skills to work and invested over $20,000 to create this ornate wooden vehicle. Might have to install a new engine though, it only travels up to 30km/h.
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2. Keeping with the theme, He Liang opted for a cheaper alternative and turned a suitcase into a motor-powered car. It falls short of the wooden car’s top speed though, travelling at only 20km/h. It also took a decade to create.
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3. The top speed award goes to the students at Hunan University in Changsha who made this fuel-efficient car that travels at 60km/h and can go 100km in distance on a single litre of gas.
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Source: QZ

4. The real question is: why build a car when you can build a sphere container that can house three people and enough food for 10 months? That’s what Yang Zongfu spent two years doing. He called it Noah’s Ark of China. Perhaps he knows something we don’t.
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5. Here’s an example of the new working together with the old: local farmer Wu Yulu started building robots in the ‘80s. In 2009, he built one that could pull his rickshaw.
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Source: Business Insider

6. Joining the ‘best vehicle in the world’ debate is Li Yongli, who designed this eye-catching unicycle.
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Source: Totally Cool Pix

 

7. These Buddha Pears, for sale at a Beijing supermarket, are as adorable as they are pointless. #wouldbuy
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8. Moved by his grandmother’s struggle to complete daily tasks, Chen Gongke invented a helmet-style machine that can wash and dry hair in five minutes.
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Source: Mirror

9. This kid-sized Lamborghini may have cost over $1000 to make, but it’s a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Built by farmer Guo, it took six months to gather the metal scraps that form the replica. It can travel at almost 60km/h when charged.
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Source: Pixable

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The Great Regram Round Up

August 27, 2015

The Top 10 So Far

The only thing that we love more than people dining at David’s is when they dine at David’s and share their experience. This week, we’ve plucked a few of our favourite David’s happy snaps from the ever-expanding Instagram library of food porn. To be featured, be sure you tag us (@DavidsPrahran), check in or use our hashtag, #DavidsPrahran!

  1. Regram @melsyjoan, because banana fritters instead of birthday cake

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  1. Regram @june_enuj_june, because tantalising triplets

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  1. Regram @oliveandhunter, because adorable child looking lovingly at dumpling

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  1. Regram @chapelprecinct, because the only thing that beats a midweek bao is TWO midweek baos

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  1. Regram @samanthasze, because white chocolate dumplings guide you home

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  1. Regram @eat_it__paint_it, because food is the greatest muse of all

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  1. Regram @ccf2564, because green is the new whitish dumpling colour

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  1. Regram @rohan_furnell, because award-winning interior design

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  1. Regram @somebuneelovesfood, because serious collage skills

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  1. Regram @alphabetponymag, because sweet dreams are made of ooey-gooey chocolate dumplings

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How to Pair Wine with Chinese Food

August 7, 2015

Become a Pair(ing) Extraordinaire and match Wine to Chinese Food

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(photo source: Wine Folly)

Some food lends itself to obvious wine pairings. Seafood is lifted by a rich chardonnay, cabernet is the perfect accompaniment to steak and everyone’s heard about champagne and caviar. But what about the complex flavours of Chinese cuisine? They can be a bit trickier to match.

Use our quick Chinese food wine pairing guide to pick the perfect drop next time you dine at David’s.

Pair with anything: Dr Burklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling
The sweetness of this clingy vino balances the spices and salt of most Chinese dishes. Even if you don’t normally like sweet wine, you’ll probably find that the sweetness is tamed when paired with a classic Chinese dish.

Pair with smoked or roasted meats: Palliser Estate Pinot Noir
These sorts of dishes are packed with umami flavour and the complexity of a Pinot will complement them beautifully.

Pair with dishes in rich, dark sauces: Furlan Prosecco Millesimato DOCG
This pairing is mainly about texture. The buoyancy of the bubbly will break up the heaviness of the sauce, making everything taste more delicious. The taste does come into play, though, with the fruit focus of the prosecco balancing out the rich flavours in the sauce.

Pair with sweeter dishes: Philippe Collotte Marsannay Rosé
Many Chinese dishes are fairly sweet and the dryness and flavour of rose balances that sweetness to bring out the other flavours of the dish.

Pair with noodles dishes: Vidal Sauvignon Blanc
The acidity of this drop cuts through the heaviness of noodle dishes, especially if they have a heavy sauce made with big, bold meat fats.

Pair with lighter, aromatic dishes: Capel Vale ‘Regional Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon
A classic cabernet sauvignon has dark berry notes and a solid texture, making it the perfect stabiliser for fairly light dishes that rely on aromatics and the flavour of fresh produce – like ginger and beef stir-fry.

We’ve only covered a few types of dishes and wine varieties, so be sure to ask your waiter for advice if you’re curious about a pairing that we didn’t cover here!

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The Chinese New Year Cake You Should Be Eating All Year

July 2, 2015

Baked Chinese New Year Cake Recipe
Chinese New Year Cake

How do Chinese cooks make their desserts taste so special? Sweet. Rice. Flour. It gives baked treats an addictive denseness and unique flavour that you just can’t get from wheat flour. Visit any Asian supermarket (there are plenty in Melbourne) and look for sweet rice flour in the starch section.

Once you get your hands on it, this recipe from Chow is super easy – like, eight ingredients and one bowl easy. It’s called Chinese New Year Cake but this cake is way too yummy to be a once-a-year thing.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons shredded, sweetened coconut
4 large eggs
1 pound sweet rice flour (about 3 cups)
3 cups whole milk
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for coating the baking dish
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon fine salt

Method
1. Heat the oven to 175°C and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with butter; set aside.
2. Place the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until toasted and golden brown in color, about 5 minutes; set aside.
3. Place the eggs in a large bowl and lightly beat to break up the yolks. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes.
4. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 25 minutes. At the 25 minute mark, sprinkle with the toasted coconut, rotate the dish, and bake until the edges are just starting to brown and the top is just set (a bubble may form, but it will flatten as the cake cools), about 20 to 25 minutes more.
5. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes before serving. Wrap leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Or eat the whole thing because you have no self control.

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Eating for the Seasons

June 2, 2015

Chinese medicine is based on the belief that all living things are connected to and deeply influenced by their environment. One of the greatest changes in our environment is the shifting of seasons and the weather patterns that come with them. Chinese medicine tells us that if we’re to thrive in each season, we should make lifestyle changes that complement these seasonal effects.

As purveyors of delicious food, we happen to know a bit about the traditional Chinese way to eat for the seasons. Whether you’re trying to warm up in Winter, getting active in Spring, cooling down in Summer or nurturing in Autumn, here are some ideas for seasonal eating — but that’s not to say you can’t enjoy this dishes with us any time of year.

Winter

Winter is known as a time of hibernation. Our energy, or chi, moves inward and becomes a bit sluggish, so you should eat high-energy snacks, below-ground (hibernating) vegetables and warming, protein-rich meals.

Some Winter Foods: Potatoes, seeds, dried fruit, preserves, beef, pork
David’s Dish: Golden Beef with Sweet Potato

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Spring

Spring is the get-up-and-go season! As the season kicks off, our inner energy shakes off the shackles of Winter and starts moving. During these months, fuel your returning energy with foods that match the upward movement of your chi; young, green, sprouting, above-ground vegetables.

Some Spring Foods: Leafy green vegetables, wheat, dates, sprouts – all fresh, not frozen!
David’s Dish: Coriander Fish Fillet with Snow Peas

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Summer

During Summer, which is a yang season, your inner energy is flowing like crazy. To match this activity, eat fresh foods that are high in energy but also cool to balance the Summer heat. There’s a lot of produce available in the Summertime, so take full advantage and stock up on a spread of nutrients.

Some Summer Foods: Watermelon, strawberries, tomato, cucumber, bean sprouts, fish, duck
David’s Dish: DIY Shredded Duck and Veggie Wraps

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Autumn

Autumn is traditionally a season of harvesting and a similar idea applies to the way we should eat in these transitional months. As the weather turns cold, focus on nurturing your body your nutrient-rich food. It’s a slow wind-down from the hectic energy of Summer and steady preparation for the chilly months to come.

Some Autumn Foods: Mushrooms, pumpkin, pears, nuts and seeds, honey, dairy
David’s Dish: Duck Feast with half duck and pancakes, 4x duck san choi bao and 4x duck spring rolls    

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Perfect Mother’s Day

April 30, 2015

Plan The Perfect Mother's Day

According to our calculations, your mum has been there for you since day one. If you’re old enough to be reading this, that’s a lot of days. That’s why this Mother’s Day you should shower her with gratitude, not that it should require a special occasion to do so. Here is our step-by-step guide to showing your mum the best Mother’s Day ever.

Step 1: Flowers, obviously

Not all clichés are bad. And a big, beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to your mum on Mother’s Day is anything but. People like looking at them, they smell delightful and you can customise bunches according to your mum’s favourite varieties and colours. Have them delivered in the morning or if that’s not possible, there’s nothing wrong with them arriving the day before to make the house beautiful the next.

Step 2: Choice eats

Classic brunch is a bit overdone, but mama’s gotta eat on her special day! We’re offering you a delectable alternative to your typical brunch – unlimited yum cha. We’ll be hosting three all-you-can-eat yum cha sittings on Mother’s Day and all mums walk away with a surprise gift. The menu features a staggering spread of handmade dumplings, spring rolls, soft shell prawns, duck wraps, pork buns, banana fritters, white chocolate dumplings and A LOT more. There are three seatings: 10.30am-12 pm, 12:30pm-2pm & 2:30pm-4pm (book on 03 9529 5199).

Step 3: Thoughtful gift

If your mum has been talking about one particular thing for the past six months (i.e. dropping hints), gift giving is a no brainer. But if you’re a bit stuck and haven’t found the perfect present, it’s time to get creative and make your own. Our friends at Oriental Teahouse have put together a craft-tastic list of DIY Mother’s Day gifts that incorporate tea, so start by visiting their blog. If those ideas don’t grab you, this list of 100 Uniquely Creative Mother’s Day Gifts is sure to get your brain in gear.

Step 4: Surprise, surprise

Every step has some element of surprise, but there should be one thing that really surprises Mum. As a rule of thumb, it’s not a real surprise unless there’s an audible gasp or sharp intake of breath. This gesture can be as small or grand as you like, just so long as it’s done with maximum stealth. Some possible surprises include:

-Tape a cut-out of your face on the outside of the window with a speech bubble that says ‘Happy Mother’s Day!’ – preferably taped to a window with curtains that Mum closes in the evening and opens in the morning (assuming your mum has a sense of humour, and this won’t freak her out completely).

-Leave a note in the silverware drawer that says, ‘STEP AWAY FROM THE DRAWER. I’M TAKING YOU OUT FOR BREAKFAST’

Step 5: Be sweet, duh

This probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway! Make sure that on Mother’s Day, you tell your mum how much she means to you. The gifts are a great bonus, but the day is really about making Mum feel appreciated. And nothing will make her feel more special than a few kind words from you. Write them down, if you wish; that way she can keep them forever.

 

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Photo Diary: Prahran and Company

April 20, 2015

David’s didn’t end up in Prahran by chance. We love this corner of Melbourne! And to celebrate the success so far of our Local’s Night on Monday (two courses and a glass of vino for $33, or $28 for the veg option), we’re dedicating this post to beautiful photos of our ‘hood in Stonnington. 

Prahran Market

Prahran Market

Photo source: Pagavadi

High Street, Prahran

Prahran High Street

Photo source: Hodges

Symphony Under the Stars Free Event, Malvern

Malvern Pubic Gardens Symphony Under the Stars

Photo source: City of Stonnington

Victoria Gardens, Prahran

Prahran Victoria Gardens

Photo source: Dogs Allowed

Prahran-bound tram on Chapel Street, South Yarra

Prahran Bound Tram Chapel Street

Photo source: Rail Gallery

Prahran Market produce

Prahran Market Inside

Photo source: I Eat Therefore I Am

Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra

Botanical Gardens South Yarra

Photo source: Timeout

Como House, Toorak

Como House Toorak

Photo source: Waatson

Street art on Artists Lane, Windsor

Artists Lane Windsor Street Art

Photo source: Stonnington Burbs

Jam Factory, Chapel Street, South Yarra

Jam Factory Chapel St South Yarra

Photo source: She Said

 

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China’s Weirdest Restaurants

March 11, 2015

China is known for some pretty whacky stuff. Believe it or not, that extends to their restaurants. We’ve made a list of the strangest ones we could find. Some we’d love to visit, others, well, not so much. Which would you eat at first?

1. Robot Restaurant

There are 20 robots working at this odd eatery. Some serve food and others prepare dishes from the simple menu of noodles, French fries, dumplings and rice. Each robot is valued from US$31,500 – US$47,000. Robot Restaurant

Photo source: Visual News

2. Toilet-Themed Restaurant

Not only do you sit on chairs designed to look like the loo, you can also order desserts of brown ice cream coiled into the shape of poo, or classic savoury dishes served in miniature potties. Toilet Restaurant

Photo source: Daily Mail

3. Devil Island Prison Restaurant

At this strange dining spot, guests are subjected to a mug shot and fingerprinting before they’re led to their seats in handcuffs. The building actually used to be a prison and diners eat their meals in cells, complete with floor-to-ceiling bars and wait staff dressed as inmates. The coffin-shaped bread on the menu completes the miserable tone of eating at Devil Island.

Devil Island Prison Restaurant

Photo source: So Much Viral

4. Teddy’s Kitchen

When wait staff prepare this restaurant for the evening, they’re setting up more than just plates and cutlery. They also place a teddy bear at each table! No one has to dine alone with these big, cuddly guests around. Teddys Kitchen Restaurant

Photo source: 12oz Prophet

5. After 80

This Beijing restaurant is a very exclusive eating establishment. But it’s not your outfit, your social standing or your pretty face that will get you in the door. After 80 only serves people born in the ’80s. The décor makes the most of the generation’s nostalgia with a school and classroom theme, complete with dining tables modelled after desks, blackboards and a menu of dishes beloved by early Gen Y.

After 80 Restaurant Photo source: News Xinhuanet

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Ten Trivial Melbourne Tidbits

February 5, 2015

1. The world’s first feature film, The Story of the Ned Kelly Gang, was shot in Melbourne.

The Story of the Ned Kelly Gang

2. Until 1966, Melbourne pubs closed at 6pm… it was a difficult time in our history.

3. The max temperature ever recorded in Melbourne was 46.4 degrees Celsius in 2009; the minimum was -2.8 degrees Celsius in 1869.

4. The world’s first set of traffic lights was installed in Melbourne in 1928.

5. In Melbourne, it’s illegal to drive a vehicle pulled by a goat or dog in a public place.

Goat pulling cart

Photo source: Riowang

6. In 1856, Melbourne workers successfully campaigned for the world’s first 8-hour work day.

7. Even though it feels like it rains every minute in Melbourne; Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Perth all get more rain annually than our fair city.

8. Melbourne has the highest number of restaurants and cafes per capita than any other city in the world (David’s is obviously the best one).

9. Dims sims were invented in Melbourne in 1945 (you know how we feel about dim sims).

Dim Sim

Photo source: Urbanspoon

10. Spooky Warning: The Queen Victoria Market was built on top of a cemetery.

 

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Chinese Public Holidays and What We Celebrate

January 14, 2015

Yes, yes. It’s true that 2015 has arrived and we’ve waved goodbye to 2014 with a tear and a few too many glasses of champagne. But if, like us, you celebrate Chinese New Year, the festivities have barely started! Here’s a quick insight into some of our Chinese holidays and the meaning behind them. Any excuse to get festive, right?

Chinese Fireworks

1. Spring Festival Eve – 18 February

This is the New Year’s Eve of the Chinese calendar! New Year’s celebrations can go on for weeks and Spring Festival Eve kick starts the party-a-thon. It’s the beginning of what is known as a Golden Week, a seven-day string of national holidays beginning with the main day. Three out of the seven days are paid leave and the weekends surrounding the seven days are bumped forward or back to give Chinese workers seven whole days off in a row. Nice.

2. Chinese New Year – 19 February

Happy New Year! In China, people have a few weeks to celebrate the new year. They clean their homes to start the new year without clutter, hang poems written on red paper at their door, decorate with red lanterns and wear new clothes. In the evenings there are firecrackers and fireworks to watch, plus dragon and lion dances and plenty of gong-striking for good measure.

3. Qing Ming Jie – the 14th day of the Spring Equinox (either 4 or 5 April)

The name of this holiday literally translates to ‘Pure Brightness Festival’ but it’s also known as Tomb Sweeping Day in English. It’s a memorial day, established for families to reflect and pay respects to groups of people or national figures who died in a tragic way, as well as ancestors passed. The traditional meal for Qing Ming Jie is a glutinous green dumpling called qingtuan.

4. Dragon Boat Festival – 5th day of the 5th month (early June in the Chinese calendar)

This holiday commemorates the life and death of a famous Chinese scholar named Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan was a minister to King of Chu in the third century BC, but his forward thinking was seen as a threat and the king falsely charged him with conspiracy and banished him. The emotional poems Qu Yuan’s wrote during his exile are cultural icons and paved the way for poets in China. At the age of 61, Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River. The people of Chu jumped into their boats to save him, but they were too late. The Dragon Boat Festival is named after the rescue attempt and honours Qu Yuan.

5. National Day – 1 October

National Day celebrates the day the People’s Republic of China was founded – 1 October, 1949. It’s the first day of China’s second Golden Week, so it means seven days off work for Chinese workers. The government organises vibrant events to celebrate National Day, including fireworks, concerts and decorations in public spaces.

 

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