David Leong Death | David Leong Obituary – David Leong a war hero has passed away. David Leong invented the recipes that paved the way for America’s version of Chinese food. He was credited with inventing Springfield-style cashew chicken. David Leong, 99 passed away Monday night, 20th of July 2020. Leong would have turned 100 on August 18.
In 1942, he was enlisted into the U.S. Army. Leong served as a cook in the 4th Wing that stormed Omaha Beach. His Army buddies always told him they were the best fed outfit in Europe. They encouraged him to open his own restaurant. Southwest Missouri Congressman Billy Long later honored him with new medals from the war after Leong never received them. David moved to Springfield in the 1950s. He opened Leong’s Teahouse in Springfield in 1963. And the rest is history. The Teahouse stayed opened until 1997. He later opened Leong’s near Republic Road and Kansas Expressway. Leong is survived by four sons, two daughters and several grandchildren.
Mr. Leong is a war hero, and he invented the recipes that paved the way for America’s version of Chinese food.
David Leong, inventor of Springfield’s cashew chicken, passes away https://t.co/jDwLPmeLqi
— Cullen Hartley (@Cullen_Hartley) July 21, 2020
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