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    Posted December 7, 2012 by
    Springfield, Missouri
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    100 places to eat like a local

    Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken

    In 1963, David Leong introduced Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken to Springfield, Mo., and it became an instant hit. Though the dish of fried chicken chunks, oyster sauce, green onions and cashews can be found on menus around the world, there's only one place where the original recipe is served by the Leong family - Leong's Asian Diner in Springfield, Mo.

    Not only is the food delicious, it's fun to chat with Mr. Leong. Though he is now 90, he is at the restaurant daily, observing and offering advice to staff and chatting with customers.

    While some cities can claim certain types of food as their own, few can claim a specific dish as their city's signature dish - Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken. A local store even created a T-shirt that lists eating cashew chicken as a Springfield bucket list item!

    Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. I'm sure it will still be served in local restaurants when it reaches its 100th anniversary.

    Springfield Missouri Cashew Chicken Leong Chinese Food Asian Diner
    This iReport is part of an assignment that we created with Travel + Leisure:  100 places to eat like a local
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