Chinese Americans were once told they did not belong in the United States. They went on to create one of the country's most beloved cuisines.

Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant celebrates the birth and evolution of Chinese American restaurants, tracing their nearly 170-year history and sparking conversation about food culture, immigration, and what it means to be American. 


Exhibition Highlights


Immerse yourself in this larger-than-life installation of 7,250 Chinese takeout boxes. Each one represents seven of the nearly 50,000 Chinese American restaurants in the country.

Menu Timeline

View a stunning timeline of Chinese American restaurant menus dating back to 1910. Beautifully designed and lovingly curated by MOFAD, these artifacts show the evolution of the cuisine, decade by decade.

KITCHENAID Culinary Studio

Enjoy tastings created by the country's most talented chefs who specialize in Chinese American cuisine. Each month, MOFAD will feature a different tasting.

April’s tasting is Homestyle Mushrooms with Country Ham from Chef Doron Wong at Northern Tiger.