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."




Steamed Halibut

STEAMED HALIBUT with Chili Lime Dressing
PF Chang's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

juice of 2 limes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon minced ginger
1/4 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce

10 ounces halibut filet (or other white fish)
2 Roma tomatoes, 1/8 inch slice

Chili Lime Dressing: 
3 ounces mint, rough chop
1 tablespoon Thai basil, rough chop
1 tablespoon cilantro, rough chop
2 tablespoons fried shallots (1/8 inch slice fresh shallots, deep fry at 350 degrees until golden brown)
1 tablespoon pickled red chiles, minced (optional)

Place limes, salt, sugar, oyster sauce, garlic, ginger and chili sauce in blender and puree until smooth. Steam fish fillet for 9-11 minutes. Fan out tomato and cucumber slices in a circle on a dan dan bowl. Place steamed fish on top of tomatoes and cucumbers. Drizzle Chili Lime Dressing over fish. Sprinkle herbs over entire dish. Sprinkle fried shallots over entire dish. Sprinkle pickled red chiles over entire dish.

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