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."




Pepper Steak

P.F. Chang's China Bistro Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 1/2 lb. beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
garlic powder to taste
2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cube or 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 green bell peppers, roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper
1/2 (7 oz.) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cut beef across the grain into 1 1/2 inch long and 1 inch wide cubes. Mix with garlic powder, set for 5 minute. Slice green, red bell peppers and onion into cubes. Dissolve bouillon in hot water and mix in cornstarch until dissolve.

Heat a wok or large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil to hot and brown the seasoned beef cubes. Transfer stir fried meat to a crock pot. Give a quick stir to bouillon mixture; and pour into the slow cooker.

Stir in onion, bell peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours if your schedule request. Remove and serve crock pot pepper steak with rice or noodles.

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