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."




Szechuan Asparagus

P.F. Chang's China Bistro Copycat Recipe

Serves 2

5 oz. asparagus, cut each spear into thirds
1 onion, sliced
3 slices ginger, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 oz. Szechuan pickled veggies, optional

3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon chili paste

Heat a wok or large skillet to medium high heat with olive oil, add onion, and stir fry for 1 minute. Combine together the asparagus, and continue stir fry constantly for about 1 minute. Add together the chopped garlic and ginger, stir around and saute the ingredient for 1 minute. Mix in chili paste, oyster sauce, lightly, stir to mix everything and saute for 1 minute. Add Szechuan picked veggies (if use) and sesame oil and cook for about 30 seconds. Season Szechuan asparagus recipe, taste and adjust the seasonings if desire. Serve hot!

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