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 mrussell@springfieldmo.org and we may add your suggestion to the list.

Leong's Asian Diner

David Leong and Family

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.

Address: 1540 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, MO 65807

Website: http://www.leongsasiandiner.com/

Phone: 417-887-7500

Here are some other places to give it a try.

Amazin Asian

Address: 2941 Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65804

Website: https://www.facebook.com/amazinasian417/

Phone: 417-882-4000

Asia Express

Address: 2462 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65807

Website: N/A

Phone: 417-883-2462

Bao Bao

Address: 2101 W. Chesterfield St. Unit A104, Springfield, MO 65807

Website: http://places.singleplatform.com/bao-bao-6/menu?ref=google

Phone: 417-877-7505

Canton Inn

Address: 205 W. Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://www.doordash.com/store/canton-inn-springfield-403791/en-US/?utm_campaign=gpa

Phone: 417-862-5444

Cashew Station

Address: 620 Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://cashewstation.com/

Phone: 417-881-4900

China Star

Address: 1444 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, MO 65804

Website: N/A

Phone: 417-887-9779

China Wok

Address: 4153 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://chinawok-springfield.com/

Phone: 417-823-7138

Chinese Chef

Address: 3029 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65807

Website: N/A

Phone: 417-883-4770

Hong Kong Inn

Address: 1632 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, MO 65804

Website: http://places.singleplatform.com/hong-kong-inn-2/menu?ref=google

Phone: 417-881-1113

Jade East

Address: 2435 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65807

Website: N/A

Phone: 417-889-3887

King's Asian Chef

Address: 1336 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, MO 65802

Website: https://www.kingsasianchef.com/

Phone: 417-866-5527

Lucy's Chinese Food

Address: 3330 S. Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://lucyschinesefood.com/

Phone: 417-882-5383

New House Chinese

Address: 2744 W. Chestnut Expy, Springfield, MO 65802

Website: https://newhouse2744.wixsite.com/home/menus

Phone: 417-864-0282

Peking House Restaurant

Address: 3108 E. Sunshine St., Springfield, MO 65804

Website: https://www.pekinghouse65804.com/

Phone: 417-887-5454

Pine Garden

Address: 1725 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://www.facebook.com/PineGardenFood/?fref=ts

Phone: 417-863-8817

Rice House

Address: 625 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield, MO 65806

Website: https://www.ricehousespringfield.com/menu

Phone: 417-865-2700

The Riksha

Address: 222 Park Central N., Springfield, MO 65806

Website: N/A

Phone: 417-831-9499

Shang-Hai Inn

Address: 1937 N. Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65803

Website: http://places.singleplatform.com/shanghai-inn-3/menu?ref=google

Phone: 417-865-5111

Triple Eight's

Address: 1710 S. Kansas Expy, Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://m.facebook.com/pages/Triple-Eights-Chinese/142319259159809

Phone: 417-832-8889

Wok Star Asian Restaurant

Address: 2724 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802

Website: https://www.wokstarspringfield.com/#/

Phone: 417-862-4300

Yan's Chinese

Address: 533 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield, MO 65806

Website: N/A

Phone: 417-719-4560

Yum Yum Bowl

Address: 706 Battlefield Rd. #4808, Springfield, MO 65807

Website: https://m.facebook.com/yumyumbowlmo/

Phone: 417-882-3644