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."
Shrimp Lo Mein
SHRIMP LO MEIN
PF Chang's Copycat Recipe
1 pound mixed vegetables (slightly blanched)--you can use any vegetables you want
1 pound Chinese egg noodles cooked al dente
1/2 pound shrimp
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup sugar
Heat a skillet or wok to smoking. Add 2 tablespoons oil. Add noodles and reduce heat to low.
Continue cooking noodles until slightly brown and crispy on both sides. Remove to drain on paper towels.
Increase heat to medium. Add the garlic, stir fry for ten seconds. Add shrimp, cook until shrimp just starts to curl. Add the vegetables and cook for about 1 minute. Add soy and sugar. Add the noodles back into the wok and toss until thoroughly mixed.