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A chain Chinese restaurant in the US

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About as Chinese as 'The Mummy 4', but more enjoyable

  • Jun 1, 2009
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If there's one cuisine that reigns supreme, it's Chinese food. Admittedly, pizza is a close second as a 'last food on Earth' option, but Chinese manages to blend so many interesting flavors and concepts, that it's a definite favorite. Not being Chinese, I don't have the first clue how to make any of the dishes, and I've pretty much enjoyed everything I've ever eaten in Hong Kong or Chinatown in San Francisco.
P F Chang's provides an Americanized version of these dishes. I feel quite sure that the likelihood of Mr Chang existing as the Head Chef is about as probable as McDonald's being run by a clown. But there are some nice variations in the recipes that make the food insanely addictive.

  • Northern Style Spare Ribs: yes, yes and yes. The powder contains about 2 pounds of salt per teaspoon.
  • Wonton Soup: the bowl is unreasonably large (serves four) and the wontons tastes floury. A guaranteed doggy bag item.
  • Kung Pao Chicken: the best anywhere, hands down. We just can't get enough of that chicken stuff.
  • Mongolian Beef: sometimes good, sometimes terrible. When it's good, it's excellent.
  • Sweet and Sour Pork: who doesn't like this?

The servers tend to be enthusiastic and there's always a token Chinese girl, usually working as the host. The sauce-making demonstration at the start is like the cheap version of the Morton's steak presentation, and no matter how it gets mixed it always tastes medium-spicy. 

Kids roam freely, and appear at all times of day, now that this is the only place apart from Cheesecake Factory where families can afford to eat. The constant din of 4-year old chatter is more remarkable than the music, which quite frankly I don't remember at all. Last time, a family near us were practically reloading their kids' plates so they could continue to throw food at each other while some nondescript relative took pictures on her iPhone. That really sums up the P F Chang experience.

By the way, the only in Las Vegas in Planet Hollywood is the best in the country. It seems completely unrelated to the rest, serving some of the best Chinese food I've ever had. It's very strange.

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June 05, 2009
Thanks for sharing your favorites on the menu! I've been wanting to try the Mongolian beef but maybe I shouldn't take the chance? I love Chinese food as well, although the quality at most places near me is terrible. I always get PF Changs to go for some reason, and by your review, it seems like I'm not missing out on much by dining in :) One of my favorite dishes is chicken & eggplant (which they accidentally gave me one night and I loved), and for dessert - banana spring rolls!
June 10, 2009
Yes, to go sounds like the way to go! PFC all the way...
June 02, 2009
Interesting about the chaos of the kiddos. I have only been there once, and it was a very long time ago. If not P F Chang's, then where to you get your Chinese food fix? Oh and while mentioning food from other cultures', have you read Dim Sum 101? I really enjoyed it.
June 10, 2009
I haven't read that book but I will add it to the queue... I feel like PFC right now!
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