Tse Ming Wang, the “eldest” of his beloved Lao Wang Noodle House in Denver, died on Wednesday at the age of 76.
Wang’s family announced the news on social media to diners and fans of their small restaurant on South Federal Boulevard. They said he “died peacefully” that morning.
“Most of you knew him from the restaurant and know that his passion for making good food matched his lifelong passion,” wrote Wang’s son Danny on the company’s Facebook page. “Even though he’s gone, we have plans to carry on his legacy and move on. We’ll be helping mom in the kitchen on short notice while we figure out how best to honor what dad created for so many of you. “
Gil Asakawa, Denver Post File
Beef noodle soup, left, Xiao Long Bao dumplings with broth inside, and Chinese spaghetti right. All from Lao Wang Noodle House, 945 D S. Federal, Denver.
Wang’s 22-year business has become a staple of Denver restaurants, inviting diners to a modest dining room in the mall that serves steamed Xiao Long Bao (also known as soup dumplings), Dan Dan noodles, potstickers, and other Chinese home-style cooking will.
Before the restaurant opened, he had lived in China and Taiwan around the world, but also in Denmark, the Netherlands and Bolivia. The elder Wang bred show dogs and built furniture in addition to cooking and running a shop.
The Lao Wang Noodle House will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday as the family owners are making arrangements, they told guests. The family has set up an online fundraiser where supporters can donate money for “medical and funeral expenses.”
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