Southwest Chinese Journal (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 5, Ed. 1 Monday, May 1, 1978 Page: 17 of 20
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W ilj j Southwest Chinese Journal
Celebrating the New Year with HARRY
By Mary Faulk Cook
A group of people made up of Austin business and profes-
sional men and women and professors from the University
of Texas consider themselves fortunate to be "special
friends" of Harry and Lee Ng. One evening during the
Chinese New Year Season, the Ng's have an elaborate feast
made up of traditional Chinese dishes for these friends
at their charming Lim-Ting Restaurant.
For four consecutive years the restaurant has received
an award from the American Diners Society for its exel-
lent food. It is an occassion we all anticipate with
great pleasure. Harry and Lee graciously greet the
guests at the doorway marked on either side with bright-
ly colored lanterns. Lee looks radiant in her beauti-
ful brocade dress made every year by her cousin espe-
cially for this occasion. A bowl of fresh fruit is
placed on a table in the main dining room for the guests.
The fruit represents the wish that the receiver will
have abundant happiness and prosperity during the new
Wind chimes tinkle softly, scrolls and banners bearing
messages of happiness, longevity and prosperity hang
on the wall. The display cases are filled with the Ng's
collection of Chinese artifacts and antiques; gifts
sent to them by relatives from the Orient and little
treasures they have picked up during their visits to
China. And then the feast begins: Attractive young Chi-
nese waitresses flutter in and out with pots of fresh
tea, bowls of rice, egg rolls, mushroom, chicken, pork,
shrimp and duck delicacies blended with young tender
crisp vegetables and sprouts, accented with ginger and
soy and cooked to that undefineable perfection,
achieved only by fine Chinese cooks*
Needless to say the jovial guests relish every morsel
of this banquet. After dinner there are toasts and
brief humorous speeches by some of the guests. Moving
pictures ar6 shown of the New Year parties from previ-
ous years and Harry and Lee once again extend their
warm welcome and good wishes and greetings of the
The Ngs appear as special guests every year on a popu-
lar TV SHOW in Austin to tell about the customs and
traditions of the Chinese New Year. Harry was born in
China and came to the United States as a small child
with his father. He grew up in Austin and was educated
in the Austin Public Schools. He then returned to his
native country for further education. It was at that
time he met and married Lee. The Ngs have two sons of
whom they are very proud, and their grandchildren have
taken precedence over all their other interests.
An active group they are, indeed, with Lillie who is
17 and an honor student at Travis High School and
serves as Vice President of the School Council.
Beverly age 14 sings with the high school choir and took
the leading role in the theatre production of "Godspell".
Wallace, who is 12 years old and really the apple of his
grandfathers eye. Wallace and Harry share stories and
jokes. Harry beamed when young Wallace recently walked
away with a trophy in the Junior tennis matches.
and LEE NG
Lee and Harry Nq and Friends
So another generation of the lovely Ng family is growing up
in Austin and making a great contribution to the communi-
ty. It is to all the Ngs we take this opportunity to
wish them a very happy 4,676th New Year - THE YEAR OF
THE HORSE. gy. Mary Faulk Cook, Austin
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