Springfield is famous for its cashew chicken scene that started back in the 1960s by David Leong. If you're craving this Springfield-style dish or are looking for some new cashew chicken places to try, go down our abundant list of cashew chicken restaurants in Springfield from A-Z, starting with the original, Leong's Asian Diner. Know of any more places that serve cashew chicken in Springfield? Email email@example.com and we may add your suggestion to the list.
Leong's Asian Diner
A tasty dish with an Asian twist — cashew chicken — has reigned in Springfield since 1963 when Leong's Tea House opened its doors and owner David Leong struggled to gain acceptance for the foods of his homeland in China.
Thus began his quest for a dish that would appease local residents' taste buds.
The result—fried chicken chunks covered with Chinese oyster sauce, cashews and chopped green onion—was an immediate hit with the local crowd. Soon, versions of “Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken” appeared on menus coast to coast and even around the world. Though Leong's Tea House closed in 1997, Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken’s legacy remains a unique part of Springfield’s past and present.
Although David Leong passed away in 2020 at 99 years old, his dish is still available at Leong’s Asian Diner, a restaurant opened by David Leong’s family in 2010.
Here are some other places to give it a try.
Hong Kong Inn
Address: 2435 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65807
King's Asian Chef
Lucy's Chinese Food
New House Chinese
Peking House Restaurant
Wok Star Asian Restaurant
Yum Yum Bowl