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Springfield-style cashew chicken comes with a well-documented story. Area natives love the regional favorite, and newcomers ultimately come to adopt it as their own, as well. Residents here have long recognized Mr. David Leong as the originator of the much-loved dish, and as such they embrace the Leong story as a part of their own:David Leong immigrated to the United States in 1940 from Guangdong, China. He became a naturalized citizen, then served his adopted country during World War II. (During the Normandy invasion, he was in the fourth wave of troops to hit Omaha Beach.) In November 1963, he opened Leong’s Tea House, a 350-seat white-tablecloth restaurant on the suburban fringe of town in what had once been a cornfield. Inspired by the economy of the dish and the success of the Teahouse, a number of cashew-chicken-centric restaurants followed Mr. Leong’s lead. By the 1970s, the Leong family dish had become such a part of the Springfield culinary scene that there were literally hundreds of restaurants serving their version of this ubiquitous dish—and still do today.
Though the eminent restaurant was closed in 1997, Mr. Leong’s son, Chef Wing Yee, now comes forward with a blend of time-tested and innovative cuisines, with respect of tradition and culinary know-how, to offer Springfield something new and exciting without pretentious terminology and exorbitant prices. Wing’s 35 years of experience as a Chef of various regional cuisines will propel the Leong family’s new venture forward into this millennium with a blend of inventive flair and experience very few can emulate.
At Leong’s Asian Diner, guests can comfortably enjoy hearty and delicious fare that reflects our pledge: to honor culinary traditions from both hemispheres and to deliver cuisine in new and exciting ways, all without having to break the bank! Come in, sit a spell, and let us take care of you! We promise you’ll be back to try our many menu offerings and daily specials!
The Leong Family