time:2010-09-02source:Australian Times Author:Moon


With our mission in mind-to help Chinese and Chinese friends in Western Australia understand each other, this issue, "Into Western Australia" column meets you again as scheduled.

After living in Perth for more than three years, my living habits have gradually changed. From studying abroad, in order to stay up late to catch up with papers, I made instant cappuccino by myself, to the mocha in the school vending machine for $2, and then to the black & white which was the most taboo award after a day’s tiredness in the shopping center. I had a cup of coffee. Gradually surpass the physical need and become a psychological need. It's like a baby likes to go to sleep with a pacifier; a pupil can be happy all day with a "smiley face" printed on the back of his hand. However, due to various reasons, I have never walked into a coffee shop in Perth to calm down and enjoy a cup of coffee here.

It is not that simple to do one thing well. The noisy city gradually opened her misty eyes in the early morning. In the center of Perth, there are more and more pedestrians wearing black formal wear and walking quickly across the zebra crossing. After a while, the office will ring a series of phone calls, meeting customers’ discussions, greetings, school bells, the store’s exaggerated music in order to attract customers... When Perthians receive customers, they usually ask: "Excuse me Do you want coffee? Do you want to add milk and sugar?" Usually, self-made coffee is economical and affordable. However, the scene I envied the most happened in a calm afternoon. When I hurriedly picked up the paper and rushed on the road to the school, I stumbled upon some people who were lying leisurely in the soft big On the sofa, letting the sun shine on their faces, whispering jazz music sounded in their ears, quietly reading or thinking. There were no blurred lights at night, no alcohol stimulation, but for me at the time, there was heavenly tranquility.

Shenjiafang, located on William Street, quietly demonstrates its unique temperament in the Chinese restaurant gathering area of ​​North Bridge in Perth. The half-concealed door fence is like a "woman holding a pipa and half-faced", quietly waiting for the arrival of guests. The whole shop is dominated by coffee tones, regardless of the gentle lighting, the simplicity of mahogany and the noble and wanton rendering of glass. The exquisite dessert lay in the "crystal" cupboard, proudly tempting to announce: "eat me!". The timeless and classic old black-and-white photos on the wall slowly tell the fusion of Chinese and Western nearly a century ago, echoing the film decorations, record players, and old-fashioned telephones in the store, all reminding everyone "Where the story happens".

The owner, Mr. Shen, is a native of Shanghai. He said: "Shanghai began the process of combining Chinese and Western culture in the XNUMXs. The elements of Eastern culture mainly come from the decoration and furniture display during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Western elements are a kind of Shanghai-style sunny, Fashionable and open."

Shanghai is the birthplace of Shanghai style culture. The unique historical status makes the Haipai culture unique. The fusion of Chinese and Western cultures is its obvious feature. This background has also influenced Shanghai's home decoration, making it a luxurious yet delicate, pragmatic yet superficial and elegant, simple but not simple style.

"You must do everything with your heart, do your best, and pay attention to details." For example, the deliberately exaggerated and elongated chair back in Shenjiafang symbolizes the extension of Chinese culture; the floating window in China during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, It seems to be able to see Shanghai in the 20s; the gray brick wall, with artistic abstraction, means that the "Groove Door" has been opened to all customers. Welcome to enter and experience it slowly. However, if the "wishful person can tell these "famous", of course the designer's painstaking efforts will not be disappointed; if you can't understand it, it doesn't matter. In fact, in addition to serious work, tolerance is more important. What can be more important than making guests feel a pleasant dining environment?

When British colonial culture settled in Shanghai, the concept of afternoon tea gradually emerged. When the exquisite tea sets, exquisite desserts, all kinds of beautiful utensils and dresses, elegant sitting posture and conversation appeared in movies or novels, they once made people feel like spring breeze. Today's young people in the West usually prefer to go to cafes. It can be a place for good friends to chat and meet on weekends; it can be a place for writers to find inspiration; it can be a lonely person looking for a temporary warm harbor; it can also be a lucky place to bring business opportunities and negotiate contracts. Often, we will hear the agreement: "Where shall we meet?" "Fusion near your company!" It cannot be denied that when a cup of coffee with dark brown aroma comes in, add a A pleasant place full of sentiment, really helps to relax, negotiate contracts, achieve dreams, and bring business opportunities.

It is precisely because of this mentality that Shenjiafang has been working hard to integrate into the mainstream society of Australia. "Who said that the coffee made by the Chinese is not as good as the locals?" In fact, the mentality is very important," Mr. Shen said. "If many foreigners sell coffee with their'face', then we rely on professional technology and in-place service. And an elegant environment to win. I used to work in casinos for 15 years. Now that you open a coffee shop, the goal is not to make more money, but to run your own business with heart. The recipe for each of our dishes and desserts has been studied over and over again. Every time, when a piece of cake takes shape, you will feel like a baby is born in your hands. "This year, Shenjiafang, which has only been opened for more than a year, has been shortlisted for the Gold Plate Award of unlicensed Asian restaurants (Gold Plate Award of unlicensed Asian restaurants) finals. The scoring of this competition is very detailed, and the restaurants are all evaluated by experts in the food industry. The food, service, sanitation, environment and other aspects of the company are comprehensively scored after repeated reviews.

In my opinion, the growth of Shenjiafang actually has a lot of hints for young people living in Western Australia. It is important to integrate into the mainstream society and gradually "upgrade" one's life. If you want to practice English, can you not always work in a Chinese restaurant and try it in an Italian restaurant?

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