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Chinese Food, Missouri-Style

Springfield cashew chicken and the St. Paul sandwich are both dishes created by immigrants in Missouri – and now help define the state's cuisine.
Crysta Henthorne
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KCUR 89.3
Springfield cashew chicken and the St. Paul sandwich are both dishes created by immigrants in Missouri – and now help define the state's cuisine.

Missouri claims the creation of two iconic, innovative Chinese dishes — but Springfield cashew chicken and the St. Paul sandwich in St. Louis are more than local curiosities. Each dish tells a story of immigrants who arrived in Missouri and “cooked to survive.”

Jenny Vergara is one of the hosts of Hungry For MO.
Natasha Bailey is one of the hosts of Hungry For MO.
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