Item #List2109 Hung Far Lo Co. / Mandarin Cafe / First-Class Chinese and American Restaurant. American-Chinese Food - Menus, Hung Far Lo Co.
Hung Far Lo Co. / Mandarin Cafe / First-Class Chinese and American Restaurant.

Hung Far Lo Co. / Mandarin Cafe / First-Class Chinese and American Restaurant.

Danville: c. 1915. First Edition. 13 ¼ x 8 ¾ inches. Mounted to cardstock with residue and affixed articles to cardstock verso. Date stamp of “Oct 24 1915” on lower margin. Peculiar ink inscription reads “Culprints Doc, Wedge and Shorty” at margin. Very Good. Item #List2109

An early Chinese American restaurant menu from Danville, Illinois. The business is listed in the 1913 International Chinese Business Directory of the World, making the restaurant one of fewer than would exist when immigration laws changed in 1915 allowing restaurateurs to enter the United States on work visas. The menu features two sections, “American Style” and “Chinese Style,” with the latter section including dishes such as Chop Suey, Chicken Sum Soo, Noodles Wor, Canton Style Eggs, Fried Rice and a selection of teas. The existence of a separate American menu attests to the development of American Chinese food alongside American food, and the degree to which restaurants offered Chinese immigrants an opportunity to operate businesses for broader American clientele. We find records of the Mandarin Cafe’s existence into the 1940s.

Price: $300.00