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Springfield, Missouri Cashew Chicken

In the 1960s, Chinese American chef David Leong invented his own version of American fried chicken and gravy. But what started as one man’s savvy business decision became a hit dish for hundreds of restaurants around Springfield, Missouri.In the 1960s, Chinese American chef David Leong invented his own version of American fried chicken and gravy. But what started as one man’s savvy business decision became a hit dish for hundreds of restaurants around Springfield, Missouri.

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With my Tiktok FYP inundated with British Chinese food, this Missouri Chinese food phenomenon is another interesting look at how Chinese food adapts and changes depending on the place and time.

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