China Taste Chinese Restaurant
Owners: Dan and Daniel Lin
Hometown: Fujian China
Languages: English, Fujianese (Taiwanese),
Mandarin and Cantonese
Location: 2310 Greencrest Blvd, Rockwall, Texas
Eating is one the most important events in everyone’s life. We enjoy eating – it’s part of who we are and part of our culture; in fact, eating is the hottest universal topic of all times. We depend on eating: the foods we eat are the sole source of our energy and nutrition. We know so much about eating: we are born with the desire to eat and grown up with rich traditions of eating. But we also know so little about eating – about how the foods we eat everyday affect our health. Here at China Taste we try our best, cooking the most healthy food for our customers. Food is prepared daily with fresh vegetables, low oil, no msg, low salt and low sugar. China Taste is the restaurant you can trust, where you can enjoy healthy Chinese dishes, because good cooking is our specialty. — Daniel Lin
Known to many for its delicious food, China Taste is a popular Rockwall take-out and delivery restaurant. Though not easily visible from the street, the restaurant’s food and reputation keep clients coming back for more. Referrals from satisfied customers, and a good internet presence keep the restaurant busy on a daily basis. China Taste is open 7 days a week and even delivers on holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Prominently featured in the restaurant is a large lighted picture of a landmark in southeast China. Daniel explained the significance of the scene: “The most famous thing in my town is Wuyi Mountain, that picture is on my restaurant wall. We speak fujianese, which is the same as what Taiwan people speak, because we are right next to each other. We also speak Taiwanese, Mandarin and Cantonese.”
When asked about food served in his region, compared to the food he and his brother prepare here in Rockwall, Daniel stated that Americans prefer Chinese food to be a little sweeter than the dishes prepared back home. In China, people eat food with a saltier flavor. “The sesame chicken in restaurants here is not like in China,” Daniel said.
Fascinated by the image of the mountain and stream I searched the internet to learn more about China’s Fujian Province and Wuyi Mountain.
Wuyi Mountain is often called the “number one scenic wonder in Southeast China.”
It occupies a total area of 60 sq kilometers and has been designated as a World Cultural Heritage site. The main attraction is the Nine Twist Stream that runs through the mountain. Many famous scholars and poets like Zhuxi, Luyou and Xinqiji visited and lectured here. As a result, its historical sites have been preserved, such as a 3000-year-old coffin in the shape of a boat, known as a hanging coffin. Other sightseeing spots include Great King Peak, Jade Maiden Peak, Heavenly Tour Peak, Taoyuan Cave and Dazhufeng Snake Garden. More than 400 species of wild animals including more than 100 species of mammals living in the Wuyi Mountain reserve.
Since ancient times, Wuyi Mountain has attracted an endless flow of scholars, Taoist masters, Buddhist monks and travelers. Mount Wuyi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular destination with Taiwanese tourists.
Chinese New Year Traditions, Animals & Legend
Having just entered the Chinese New Year – Year of the Tiger – Daniel shared details of this widely celebrated Chinese event. He stated the new year is a time for big family gatherings, similar to Christmas in the U.S. The children particularly enjoy the family gathering because all the relatives give children red envelopes that contain money. In China children are taught to respect money and prosperity.
The traditional family gathering involves having a pot of water cooking in the center of the room. Family members add various ingredients and share in preparing the festive meal.
The 12-year cycle starts from Rat, followed by Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
According to Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarreled one day as to who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they held a contest: whoever reached the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish.
The twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox’s back and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.
Daniel stated in this year of Tiger – 2010 – people born in the year of the Horse and year of the Dog will have good luck. That was good news for me (Dog). Daniel was born in the year of the Goat (Ram), and his brother, Dan, in the year of the Dragon. Though he didn’t specify when his year of good fortune will be, it is obvious the Lin brothers have found prosperity and happiness in Rockwall, Texas.
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