There’s Nothing Quite Like Chinese Food in Springfield Mo
Our beloved town, Springfield, Missouri, is the birthplace of Springfield-style cashew chicken. In fact, this Chinese-American creation has found itself around the world, including restaurants in St. Louis, Kansas City, and as far East as Hong Kong and China.
Mr. Leong, the creator of this breaded chicken dish served in a thick brown sauce with a generous serving of cashews on top, noticed Ozarkians had a love affair with fried chicken. This was over 50 years ago, mind you, after he served in World War 2. Mr. Leong grew up in Guangdong, China, and at age 19, he immigrated to the U.S. hoping his young wife and first-born son would soon follow. But as you may know, the war separated them for a decade before they were reunited and settled down in the United States. While we would like to believe he lived happily ever after, he and his family faced many challenges (including a band of hoodlums who threw dynamite in his restaurant delaying his grand opening). Despite trials and tribulations and heart-wrenching separation, the Leong family persisted and thrived – and Springfield couldn’t be happier.
Putting a new spin on an old classic, Mr. Leong used fried chicken instead of stir-fried chicken, and voila! Springfield-style cashew chicken was born… If you think about it, it’s like Asian-style chicken-fried steak. Either way, it is pretty darn good. In fact, it is so popular, Springfield now has an annual competition whereby some of the best Chinese restaurants in town all compete for the title of “Best Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken.” If you attend this event on May 21st, 2017, you can vote for your favorite restaurants.
Which Restaurants are Competing in the Sertoma Springfield Cashew Craze?
First and foremost, this isn’t the first or last time the Springfield Cashew Craze is on in our queen city. The best part is if you aren’t a cashew chicken fan (heathens, I tell you), there is going to be tons of other food at the event as well. This includes dishes such as egg rolls, soups, crab rangoon, sweet & sour chicken, hot and spicy and tons more. Whichever restaurant wins the competition gets a golden ticket to the World Food Championships, and all the money raised from this event will benefit children and families in the Ozarks.
The list of contenders include the following:
Canton Buffet (Nixa),
Ming Garden/Yum Yum Bowl,
Details of the Sertoma Springfield Cashew Chicken Craze
With samples of delectable dishes from each restaurant, music and even a massive kid zone, this is one awesome way to spend a Sunday with the whole family!
Date: Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Fee: Children under 6 are free, Children 7 to 12 years old are $5, and Adult tickets are $12
Get Your Tickets: Click here to get your tickets today!
We will see you there Springfield, Mo!