David Leong Death Dead – Creator of Cashew Chicken David Leong Obituary: Cause of Death

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David Leong Death Dead – Creator of Cashew Chicken David Leong Obituary: Cause of Death

BREAKING: David Leong, Creator of Cashew Chicken, has passed away at 99. His son Wing confirmed to me this morning. He was 99 years old.

“David Leong, the Springfield restaurateur who’s known as the father of Springfield-style cashew chicken, died yesterday.”

The Missouri chef credited as the inventor of cashew chicken, the popular Chinese food dish served at restaurants nationwide, has died at 99, his family says.

David Leong immigrated to the U.S. from China and served his adopted country in World War II, storming Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion, according to his family’s restaurant website. In 1963, he opened Leong’s Tea House in Springfield, Missouri, a white-tablecloth restaurant with 350 seats where there once was a cornfield.

It’s there Leong served Springfield-style cashew chicken, inspiring many Chinese restaurants across the country to create their own versions.

“It was a real novelty in that we did not have that sort of a restaurant in Springfield,” former Springfield News-Leader columnist Mike O’Brien told the newspaper in a 2018 series about Leong. “It offered authentic Chinese dishes, which broadened Ozarkers’ knowledge of and appreciation for Asian cuisine.”

Granddaughter Lanie Leong Cutbirth announced death of Leong in a Facebook post Tuesday morning. He died Monday night, she said.

“His kindness and generosity were beyond measure,” Leong Cutbirth wrote. “Even at 99 his work ethic was unparalleled. He stormed the beaches of Normandy, invented cashew chicken and did countless other amazing things.”

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