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."




Singapore Street Noodles

P.F. Chang's China Bistro Copycat Recipe

Serves   4

Singapore Sauce:
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 cup curry powder
1/4 cup lite soy
1 cup vegetarian oyster sauce
1/4 cup Sriricha chili sauce
1/4 cup ketchup

2 gallons water
1 pound rice stick noodles
4 tablespoons canola oil
8 ounces medium-size shrimp
8 ounces chicken, julienned
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 cup cabbage, julienned
1/2 cup carrots, julienned
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 bunch scallions, sliced
1/4 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/3 cup fried shallots
1 lime, quartered

Sauce: Combine all the ingredients for the sauce into a bowl; mix well. Set aside.

Noodles: Bring water to a rolling boil. Place rice sticks in boiling water for 2 minutes; drain, then immediately rinse under rapid running hot water for 1 minute and drain well. Toss noodles with 2 tablespoons canola oil; set aside.

To Cook: In a hot wok stir-fry shrimp and chicken in 2 tablespoons canola oil until just done, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, cabbage, carrots and tomatoes; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add noodles; stir-fry 1 minute more. Add 1 cup vinegar mixture; stir-fry until ingredients are well incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add scallions, cilantro and sesame oil; toss briefly.

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