David's Tea House
Where 'authentic' Chinese food is real
When one craves for food, one consideration is its authenticity. So, if a person prefers the Chinese style of cooking, then, it should be the real thing.
At one corner of SM City Iloilo is David's Tea House, which serves authentic Chinese cuisine. Sporting the colors red and black and well-lighted by beautiful yellow-red lanterns imported from China, this place has been a favorite of many.
Carrying the banner of "Dimsum King" (the character that you see on the restaurant's menu book and flyers), David's Tea House opened in Iloilo City last Dec. 8, 2006. This is the first franchise of David Yeau outside of Luzon.
"Yeau, the owner is a perfectionist. He is very strict with David's Tea House's quality. A chef from Hongkong who allowed franchising of his popular restaurant here in Iloilo, David flies here every month in order to ensure that David's Tea House maintains the quality that he has set. He comes here alternately with Chef Melo, who happens to be his trusted chef in Hongkong," Operations Manager Jose "J" Treñas told The News Today.
David's Tea House serves dimsum, congees, noodle soups, fresh fish, golden prawns, seafoods, sizzling plates, hot soups, juicy pork, tender beef, chicken, fried rice and toppings, roasting and cold cuts and vegetables.
Their best sellers are Pata Tim; Fried Lapu-lapu with Pine Nuts and Sweet and Sour Sauce; Hakaw, a dumpling that is 90 percent shrimp; Camaron Rebosado; Cold Cuts which consists of white chicken, pork asado, seaweeds, century eggs and beef; and Yang Chow Fried Rice, which is garnished with shrimp, green peas, pork asado and eggs. Those who have tried Yang Chow Fried Rice will attest that the chef do not scrimp on the ingredients, especially on the shrimp.
Another thing that makes David's Tea House unique is that here, nothing goes to waste. They practically make use of byproducts by making more treats that we can all enjoy. One is the soya milk, which is a byproduct in making tofu. This is a very healthy drink, which you can order with either sugar or Equal and sold at P25 a bottle. For those who have not tried this yet, David's Tea House will provide free glasses of this milk on Sept. 30, 2007, the last day of the three-day sale at SM City Iloilo.
They also sell taho with sugar cane bits.
And, due to the popularity of its chili sauce that normally accompanies the dimsum varieties, they decided to bottle these for retail. It's called the Chili Sauce King.
"We have a consistent following from the Chinese community," he said. He added that the restaurant is also a hit among families.
Treñas, with the aim of encouraging more students to try David's Tea House, has come up with an exclusive offering only here in Iloilo. Called the "Mabuhay Meal," there are three combo meals that one can choose from.
David's Tea House also offers packages for special occasions. "You set the budget and we'll come up with a set menu for you," Treñas said. Business meetings take place here often.
They also deliver for a minimum purchase of P500 and within the city and to as far as Pavia and Leganes.
For more information on David's Tea House, authentic Chinese food and reservations, its very accommodating staff can be reached through telephone number 508-9838.