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福王

About Us

Hock Wong literally means “King of Prosperity” in Chinese, but there is much more nuance in our name beyond it’s literal meaning.

A deeper exploration

of the name that we chose for ourselves

In the infamous Chinese phrase, “天下第一福” (literally, the first blessing of the world), the word “福” (blessing) carries with it the connotation of having many descendants (多子), many talents (多才), an abundance of food (多田), a long life (多寿), and much fortune (多福).

Likewise, another similar Chinese phrase, “福寿合一” (a blessed life), also carries with it connotations of “天下第一福”, as the phrase implies the blessing of wealth, career, life and joy. In both Chinese phrases, 福 is used to refer to the blessings as a group, as well as to refer to a blessing of general fortune in itself. Hence, it is often said that the blessing of 福 has much more significance than the other blessings, as the word carries a deeper, more abstract meaning.
Meanings of 福
The many meanings of the word "福"
Emperor Kang Xi
A portrait of the Emperor Kang Xi

The great Chinese emperor Kang Xi, who was enthroned at the age of 8, lost his mother at a young age, and was raised by his grandmother, the Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang. During a prosperous period of his reign,  the Empress Dowager fell seriously ill, and the doctors were helpless.

In Chinese mythology, it is said that the life of a mandated Emperor is supremely blessed and long, and that such an Emperor was able to consult with the Heavens to ask for blessings, both for himself and his family. After a 3-day cleansing fast, Kang Xi turned to his pen to express his filial piety, merging the Chinese characters 福寿 (blessing and longevity) into one, and inscribing it onto a royal seal for the Empress Dowager.

Perhaps the piety of Kang Xi really did touch the Heavens, because after receiving the royal seal, the Dowager miraculously recovered. To preserve this unique blessing, often called “the first blessing of the world”, the Empress Dowager inscribed the unique character onto a stone tablet.

In light of this story, the Hock Wong (福王) name was also chosen with a similar intention of creating a unique blessing for the world as Kang Xi did, in the hopes that those who receive our gifts can have more blessings and longevity in their lives.

Our Resto.

Serving best steaks and BBQs since 1984

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