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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Lucky 8 Dishes Menu

LUCKY 8 DISHES MENU


Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a fortuitous feast at P.F. Chang’s as the restaurant begins offering the Lucky 8 Dishes menu, available from February 16 through March 5 2015. The menu consists of traditional Chinese New Year fare with a modern twist.

DIM SUM

  • Flaming Pork Wontons (limited time only) – Shaped like gold and silver coins from ancient China, dumplings symbolize prosperity as they are stuffed and folded, sealing in wealth.
  • Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps – In Cantonese, the word for “lettuce” sounds like “rising fortune.” So, the more you eat, the more fortune you will have.


ENTREES

  • Firecracker Chicken (limited time only) – In a ritual called “opening the door of fortune,” firecrackers were lit at home to scare away evil spirits. The doors were sealed and not reopened until morning.
  • Chinese Red Wine & Pepper Braised Beef (limited time only) – Cabbage traditionally represents green, folded cash. As a symbol of affluence, it is said to provide prosperity and luck in a variety of ways.
  • Orange Peel Shrimp – Oranges are the most popular and abundant fruit during Chinese New Year, and are known to be a symbol of good luck.
  • Oolong Chilean Sea Bass – Serving fish is symbolic of prosperity, so having it at the dinner table is regarded as a promising way to start the New Year.
  • Garlic Noodles – A bowl of noodles can shed light on your longevity. The belief states that the longer the noodle, the longer the life span.


DESSERT

  • The Great Wall of Chocolate – Cake’s sweetness symbolizes a rich, sweet life, while the layers represent rising abundance for the coming year.

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