Tzy-Woei Wu, 69, a Falls Church resident and owner of a Centreville bakery known for its superb desserts, died of cancer Sept. 20 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. Wu was born in Guangzhou, China. As a teenager, he made his way to Hong Kong and later studied at a junior college in Taiwan. He came to the United States with his young family in the early 1970s to take over a relative's bean sprout business in Arlington.
When he took over the business, Lun Chong Lung Inc., bean sprout production was labor intensive, but Mr. Wu modernized the process and added other Chinese foods to his product line. He became an early supplier of Asian food products to Giant, Magruder's, the former Grand Union and A&P grocery stores. At its peak, his business supplied most of the Chinese restaurants in an area that extended south to Richmond.
Mr. Wu sold Lun Chong Lung in the early 1990s and semi-retired. In 1983, he opened a buffet restaurant in Alexandria called Happy Eatery, and after a few years the restaurant developed an area-wide reputation for its cakes. In 2002, he closed the restaurant and opened Cakes by Happy Eatery, a full-service bakery in Centreville.
The bakery's signature offering is genoise cake, a European-style sponge cake, although Mr. Wu enjoyed seeing his cakes, whatever the type, as the centerpiece for wedding receptions, birthday parties and other happy gatherings. He also kept the bakery active in community-service efforts by donating desserts for fundraising events.
In recent years, Mr. Wu and his wife, Fu-Mei Wu, traveled worldwide. He was known for his discriminating taste, superb cooking skills and food presentation and relentless pursuit of good Chinese food around the world. His hobbies included Chinese calligraphy and landscaping. He took special pride in an Asian-themed garden he constructed in his back yard, a garden that features two koi ponds, a bridge, a gazebo and a waterfall.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, of Falls Church; three daughters, Charlotte Wu Homme of Oslo and Victoria Wu and Emily Wu-Rorrer, both of Falls Church; and three grandchildren.