When you head to Leong's Asian Diner in Springfield, Missouri, you can order from a plethora of beloved American Chinese dishes, including orange chicken, sesame chicken and beef and broccoli. But you'd be remiss to skip over the dish that was invented at the restaurant itself and has become a part of American Chinese cuisine across the county: cashew chicken. And while you can try to make it yourself at home, nothing is quite as good as the real thing.
Cashew chicken was invented at Leong's by its late founder, David Leong, and has since become a staple on takeout menus across the country. Breaded and deep-fried chicken is tossed in a gravy-like sauce made from chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce and more for a dish that is deep in flavor and has plenty of varying textures, thanks to the cashews. Order it at lunch on its own or with an eggroll or crab rangoon, or pick it up at dinnertime a la carte or as part of the David's Special, served with Cantonese fried rice, a side and a choice of soup.
Leong's Asian Diner is offering its menu for carryout, curbside pickup and limited dine-in service.
Leong’s Asian Diner, 1540 W. Republic Road, Springfield, Missouri, 417.887.7500, leongsasiandiner.com