PAYING HOMAGE TO THE CULINARY HERITAGE, RECIPES & HOME-STYLE COOKING OF THE CHANG WOMEN - WINTER 2019
Featuring 7,787 square feet, Mama Chang will serve as a culinary tribute honoring the Chang women including Peter’s grandmother, mother, wife and celebrated Chef Lisa Chang, and daughter Lydia Chang. The space will debut a crisp, feminine, and modern design with bright whites, and cool shades of green, all of which will be framed by lush green plants throughout the dining room. Mama Chang will be located on the first floor of 3251 Old Lee Highway, recently renovated and the winner of the 2014 NAIOP Award of Excellence for Best Building Renovation/Capital Improvement.
The menus will place a heavy emphasis on Hunan, Szechuan, and home-style Chinese cooking and recipes, many of which have remained in the Chang family for generations – including dishes the family enjoys at home and some that Peter Chang’s own mother and grandmother used to prepare for him and the family. Signature dishes at Mama Chang are slated to include a Smoked and Cured Platter with Smoked Chicken, Smoked Sausage, Cured Fish, and Sweet and Sour Pickled Cabbage, Stir Fried Braised Pork Belly with Deep Fried Green Pepper, and Tea Braised Egg Pork Belly Stew w. Bean Curd, just to highlight a few. The beverage program is slated to feature a variety of beers and wines. Mama Chang plans to open serving both lunch and dinner with plans to launch a dim sum brunch shortly following the opening.
With the opening of Mama Chang, I’m really looking forward to sharing simple, natural, and delicious food like my mom and grandma used to make for me with love in the past."
"Cooking to me is second nature”, said Chef Lisa Chang. “In spite of my professional career as a pastry chef, I always enjoy cooking up a meal for my family and friends. When friends come to our home to visit, my mother in law and I would quickly run to the market to buy the freshest produce and the most lively fish. And in case of any unexpected visits from family and friends, I always had cured meats available, which we made together to make a quick stir-fry. Everyone loves it. I still remember one time after a holiday gathering, all of our friends said they couldn't believe what a great chef my mother in law is, that she's the best in the family. That's the magic of home-style cooking and we’re very excited to be able to share this with our guests."
During the course of the last 15 years, he has created signature dishes like dry-fried eggplant, bamboo flounder fish, etc. And as wonderful and delicious as some of these signature signature dishes are, the food at Mama Chang will focus more on regional and refined home-style cooking but in a relaxed, modern, but upscale casual dining setting. And to thank our long time fans and followers, they will have the opportunity to experience a few similar dishes paying homage to my father’s China Star days. We're very excited to return to Fairfax City and make our family’s culinary journey come full circle beginning with the start back in 2003."
As the name suggests, Mama Chang’s design will evoke a feminine touch, paying homage to Peter Chang’s wife who is herself a celebrated chef. As a counterpoint to the darker, more masculine Q by Peter Chang in Bethesda, Mama Chang will feel light, bright, crisp, modern, and airy. It was important to the Chang family that the design be “unexpected” for a Chinese restaurant. Nahra Design Group accomplished this through the use of clean lines, bright white tile, light oak wood, and natural fiber rope draped and woven over the banquettes. Chinese elements were introduced in subtle ways, such as the feature wall of which will be made of stacked traditional clay roof tiles, and pops of red, symbolic of good luck.
ABOUT MAMA CHANG
Schedule to open in Fairfax City in Virginia in Winter 2018/2019, Mama Chang – an original culinary concept from legendary Chinese Chef Peter Chang – will pay homage to all of the Chang women and their recipes. The modern upscale casual restaurant will be open for both lunch and dinner with plans to launch brunch after the opening. Mama Chang will specialize in offering home-style dishes, and will offer both beer and wine at their bar. For additional information on Mama Chang, please visit www.MamaChangVA.com
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ABOUT NAHRA DESIGN GROUP
Nahra Design Group is an award-winning, design-focused, full-service boutique architecture firm based in Washington DC. Founded in 2010 by Architect John Nahra, the firm purposefully embraces design projects of several genres, including residential, commercial, interiors, retail, and hospitality typologies. NDG’s clients goals are primary to what they do and the group is built to deliver. Nahra Design Group’s clients include private residential owners, real estate developers, institutional organizations, business owners and builders. The team is passionate about their work and offering exemplary project solutions that are aesthetically striking and environmentally responsible. NDG prides themselves on their balance of individual creativity, collaborative design process, and responsive, professional practice. They believe it is the spirit and synthesis of these ingredients that allows them to consistently deliver added value to a project team. For additional information on Nahra Design Group please visit www.NahraDesign.com or via social media @NahraDesign.
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