When P.F. Chang’s first released their Gluten-Free menu it was a bit limited, but who was about to complain – those suffering from Celiac Disease actually had options! I got all excited the first time I went, I could actually look at an entrée instead of a salad with oil and vinegar dressing. If you know me at all I love food but my all time weakness is Chinese food! I love it so much that when I moved back to the U.S. from living in China one of my first meals was, that’s right…Chinese food!! Now their menu has about 28 items!!! These items range from appetizers, main dishes, sides and even dessert. And the verity of options is outstanding, chicken, vegetarian, beef, seafood…a little bit of everything.
I think of all the foods that I have had to “give up” Chinese food is the hardest. Don’t get me wrong being Italian I love my bread products, I’m a carb girl but in my mind Chinese food-to get those deep, authentic flavors are much harder than Italian food. I try making a few dishes but nothing seems to compare to living in China or even going out to a local Chinese restaurant. When living in Monterey I found the best family run Chinese restaurant named Full Moon. These ladies became part of my extended family, I literally at there at least once a week and when they found out I had Celiac they said if I bring in my own soy sauce they cook all my food with that and even go to the extent of making sure the pans they use for my food are cleaned first. Oh how I miss those wonderful ladies.
Now that I don’t live there and can’t eat at Full Moon whenever I want the next best thing is P.F. Chang’s but sadly they are about 25 minutes away from us. I know it’s not really that far and maybe its a good thing that they are in Providence and not in Portsmouth that way we don’t eat there too much. Bryan and I love P.F. Chang’s gluten-free menu…he even orders off of it so we can share the dishes…now that is true love. Plus he says you can’t even taste the difference from the regular options. When we go we normally get the same three things (our favorites):
Gluten Free Shanghai Cucumbers (for our appetizer) - “Sliced, cold cucumbers sprinkled in gluten-free soy sauce and sesame seeds.”
We loved these and get a large order every time. These are cool, crisp and very refreshing. The sauce tastes like a mixture of gluten-free soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and of course has some black and white sesame seeds on them…so good, give them a try next time!
Gluten Free Beef A La Sichuan (Bryan’s favorite) – “Crispy beef strips with julienne celery and carrots. Our spiciest beef dish.”
Yummmy! Since they added this to their gluten-free menu Bryan orders it every time. It has such a great flavor and the perfect amount of spice which goes great with the cool crisp julienne celery and carrots.
Gluten Free Chang’s Spicy Chicken (My favorite) – “Lightly dusted and stir-fried in a sweet Sichuan sauce. Our version of General Tso’s and always a favorite.”
Normally we order this but like I said above I mixed it up a bit. It is really hard for me to order something else know that this dish is so good. I love the spice in the Chang’s Spicy Chicken. The chicken is very tender and very lightly coated. I have never been disappointed with this choice.
(Sorry there is no picture for my favorite dish…but next time for sure!)
But this time around I decided to mix it up a bit and order a different chicken dish (Bryan was not about to give up that Sichuan Beef). So I ordered the following dish.
Gluten Free Ginger Chicken With Broccoli – “Served Cantonese style on a bed of fresh steamed broccoli.”
Wow…I was impressed with the flavors of this one. The chicken is beyond tender and good-sized pieces, surrounded by steamed and still lightly crunchy broccoli florets. The ginger definitely stands out in this dish and we both said it would make a great sauce over other steamed veggies for a vegetarian dish. And I have to say my favorite part of the dish was the sauce and broccoli.
They also offer you two different options for rice, either steamed white rice or brown rice. I know brown rice is great and supposed to be better for you, however I personally feel that Asian food in general should be enjoyed with some white rice, so I always order that with my meal.
If you have a P. F. Chang’s near you go and try it out and check out their gluten-free menu!!