P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Inc.'s 40-plus restaurant chain, operating in 19 states, owes much of its success to founder Paul Fleming's unique idea of pairing oriental cuisine with American-style service. At the outset, when he opened the first of the restaurants in Scottsdale, Arizona, Fleming broke with the traditional Chinese restaurant format. With his collaborator, chef Philip Chiang, he devised a comparatively limited menu that featured far fewer dishes than the menus of typical, full-service, Chinese restaurants. Incorporating an American steak house dining style and a formidable selection of wines and cheeses, P.F. Chang's offers such additional oriental restaurant anomalies as espresso and cappuccino. Although P.F. Chang's China Bistros are stylish in decor, displaying motifs from the Ming and T'ang Dynasties and hand-painted murals, the dishes are moderately priced, partly because one of Fleming's aims was to provide high quality but affordable Chinese food for "the masses."




Black Pepper Mango Salad

Pei Wei Recipe

Serves 2

1 cup peeled and julienne mango
1 tablespoon minced basil
1 teaspoon minced shallot
1/2 cup green apple julienne

1 teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons lime juice
zest from 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix to combine dressing.  Toss the mango, basil, shallots and green apple with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the dressing to taste.

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