It may not yet have a reputation as one of America’s food meccas, but Oklahoma City was home to all-star chef Danny Bowien and helped shape the palate that spawned the brilliant dishes his acclaimed Mission Chinese. Here are five more things you didn’t know about this prairie city.
1. The first shopping cart debuted in 1937 at Humpty Dumpty markets in Oklahoma City. The Twist Tie machine was invented in 1961 by Earl Burford and originally used at Oklahoma City’s Rainbow Bakery, now known as the Sara Lee Bakery.
2. Stir-fried dishes, like General Tso’s chicken and kung pao chicken, are known as “dings” on Chinese restaurant menus in Oklahoma City.