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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Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce



Complete your takeout meal with this easy recipe for Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce. It's a great addition to many traditional Chinese copycat restaurant recipes. Drizzle this wonder over some chicken, and turn any meal into a feast. You can create this sauce in 15 quick minutes.

SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE

Makes about 4 cups

1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup water
6 ounces pineapple juice
6 ounces water
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce

In a small bowl whisk the corn starch and ¼ cup water until combined. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, combine remaining ingredients. Whisk to combine.  Bring sauce to a boil, cook for one minute.  Add corn starch mixture and cook until thick and shiny, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.   Set aside until ready to use

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