OLD – About Double Happiness

The Symbol For “Double Happiness”

The name “Double Happiness”, pronounced as shuangxi in Chinese, is represented by the symbol and originates from a legend in ancient Chinese culture. During the Tang Dynasty, the story tells u that one day a young man was traveling to his examination to become a minister. During a portion of his journey through a mountainous region, the boy fell ill and was found by an herbal practitioner. The man and his daughter took great care of the boy and he quickly overcame the illness. Once he had regained his strength, he found it difficult to leave because he had fallen in love with the daughter and she with him. As he was about to proceed on his journey, she presented him with a piece of paper that read, “Green trees against the sky in the spring rain while the sky set off the spring trees in the obscuration.” He held on to it, clutching it close to his heart and reciting it over and over.

Within a few days he arrived at the capital and began his examination. The Emperor’s final question was for the young man to complete the right hand part of a couplet which began, “Red flowers dot the land in the breeze’s chase while the land colored up in red after the kiss”. His heart leapt as he realized that what his love had written for him was the perfect match for the Emperor’s request. He recited her words and impressed the Emperor who declared him the new minister.

The young man returned to the mountainous region and found his love waiting for him. They soon were married and his destiny was complete. At their wedding, the symbol for happiness was doubled and put on red paper to mark the happiness of the occasion. Their love was felt throughout the country and the symbol came to signify happiness. From then on when a couple placed the symbol in their house, it meant they would live the rest of their lives together harmoniously.

Husband and wife, Jamie Zheng and May Chen bought the restaurant in 2010 with the goal of making it the regions only authentic gourmet Chinese restaurant. They changed the menu and the vision of the restaurant to only feature dishes authentic to China. The essential goal of a Chinese meal is to attain the harmony of taste, texture, aroma and color by balancing the principles of FAN and T’SAI foods. FAN foods include rice, noodles, grains and dumplings. Vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood are T’SAI foods. All of our meals are prepared with the goal of attaining this balance. Only the very best of these ingredients find their way into our kitchen. Each dish is prepared to order and no MSG is allowed. All of our menu items are available for dine in or carry out. We invite you to experience a double blend of happiness: Chinese cuisine and American Hospitality.

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