Since my wife and I were dating, on every trip to see here grandparents, we've had to stop in Springfield, MO to get Springfield Cashew Chicken either on the way, way back, or both. Honestly, for years I never really cared for the dish at the places we stopped at as my mother-in-law had a recipe for it that beat all others. Until a few years ago when we had gone to Springfield for business and were talking with some of the locals about the dish. Two mentioned the history behind it and also mentioned that the creator's son (David Leong) had recently re-opened a restaurant, Leong's, serving the dish again. My wife and I looked up the restaurant that night and went there, wow what a treat, was almost as good as mom's. We've actually taken the two hour drive (one way) there from KC just for the dish a few times when we had the craving.
This week I saw an article in Feast Magazine about the dish and the restaurant, thought it was worth sharing...
There was also an episode of FeastTV covering the story, posted here: