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."

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Heirloom Tomato & Basil Salad


HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD
PF Chang's Copycat Recipe

Ponzu:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salad:
1/2 pound heirloom tomatoes
pinch kosher salt
pinch black pepper

Garnish:
fresh basil leaves to taste

Prepare the ponzu in a clean mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir well. Set aside

Building salad: Wash and cut the tomatoes (slice, dice, or wedges). Arrange on plate as desired
Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle desired amount of ponzu over the tomatoes Garnish by randomly placing basil leaves generously over tomatoes.

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