Though not an American cuisine, Chinese food has spread throughout the United States since the mid-1800s, when Chinese immigrants came to America for the gold rush. The individuals who opened restaurants quickly gained the attention of hungry 49ers who could not resist the cheap prices and great food prepared by these recently emigrated groups.
While many of the dishes that we call Chinese food today are far from the types of dishes that would be consumed in cities in China, rice-based dishes topped with vegetables and meats in sweet and savory sauces have become some of the most popular foods in the American restaurant industry.
If you're a lover of Chinese food, here are 15 mighty independent restaurants to try out in Springfield.
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1931 W. Iles Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
Sunny China House offers affordable dishes inspired by Chinese flavors.
2636 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703
Tai Pan serves up loved dishes like Chicken Lo Mein and Mongolian Beef
2801 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703
New China Restaurant always has fresh food and friendly staff.
101 Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
Hunan serves sushi, though a more Japanese type of food, as well as Chinese cuisine.
1955 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704
If you're looking for an affordable meal, China Wok is a great option.
1899 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield, IL 62702
China Star's portions are large, which is perfect for a big lunch or dinner.
120 N. Grand Ave. W., Springfield, IL 62702
China King serves food fit for a king, so visit today to feel like royalty.
2585 Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
Panda Express's popular dishes are perfect for a casual but delicious meal.
2309 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704
Hibachi has an incredible buffet, so get ready to eat all that you can.
212 S. Grand Ave. E., Springfield, IL 62704
China 1 is affordable and provides quick quality meals.
238 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703
Both affordable and delicious, you can't go wrong with Hunan Express.
105 S. Grand Ave. E., Springfield, IL 62704
Dynasty Asian Cuisine is an Asian fusion restaurant, meaning that you can choose from your favorite Asian cuisine.
1213 Toronto Road, Springfield, IL 62712
China Express is an affordable meal anytime of the day.
1045 Jason Place, Chatham, IL 62629
Great Wall is a clean and friendly spot, always dishing up some of the best Chinese-inspired food in Springfield.
4201 Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL 62711
Mimosa's specialty is Asian fusion, where you can get exciting Chinese dishes.