I love Chinese food, however, until recently my husband has been reluctant to try anything outside of Panda Express. He has lately been willing to try new things, however, so I took advantage of this and the fact that PF Chang’s offered a discount on Tax Day to visit this establishment – someplace I’ve been wanting to try for several years now…
Order: My husband and I ordered a small plate of Egg Rolls ($4.95), Kung Pao Chicken ($13.95) and Pepper Steak ($13.95). I also ordered a cup of Hot & Sour Soup ($3.25) and a pot of Tangerine White Tea.
What I Think:
We visited during the lunch hour, and while it was a little busy, we were seated pretty quickly and the food arrived to our table amazingly fast. Everything arrived at pretty much the same time: the soup, the appetizers and the entrees.
The tea was very good. So good, in fact, that I’d love to know where they get their tea from … as I’d like to have the opportunity to contact them to review some of their teas for the SororiTea Sisters blog. It was light, refreshing and delicious, with sweet, juicy tangerine flavor. It was a really nice accompaniment to the meal.
Just as I often measure Mexican restaurants by the quality of their chili rellenos (and whether or not they offer horchata!) and I often measure Thai restaurants by the quality of their Pad Thai, I usually measure Chinese restaurants by the quality of their Hot & Sour Soup. I love Hot & Sour soup, it is probably my favorite Chinese “dish” – but I’ve had some really bad Hot & Sour soup before, so it’s one of those things that I want to be right … and if it’s not, I probably won’t ever be back, nor will I have good things to say about the place.
Fortunately, PF Chang’s Hot & Sour soup is AWESOME. There are lots of vegetables within their spicy, sour broth. Lots of mushrooms (my favorite part!) and I was happy that the mushrooms had a good, meaty texture and did not feel slimy. I would revisit PF Chang’s and be happy with just an order of soup. Yes, it’s that good.
Since I ordered the soup for myself, I had ordered the egg rolls with the intention of letting my husband enjoy those, although, I did take a bite or two just to see how it tasted. They were delightfully crispy, and the vegetables were tender-crisp on the inside. Tasty.
The Kung Pao Chicken was good and had a spicy kick to it just like Kung Pao should. However, I was a little surprised by this Kung Pao, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The Kung Pao I’ve had in the past has been very much like a sauce-laden stir-fried dish with lots of chopped vegetables and chicken, and that’s the way I like it (and the way my husband loves it!) However, this wasn’t at all like that. There was very little sauce and very few vegetables in this dish. It was tasty, the chicken was tender, but, it was just was not what we expected and a little disappointing, especially to my husband who loves Kung Pao Chicken.
The Pepper Steak was the star of the afternoon, as far as my husband was concerned (I think it was a tie between the soup and the Pepper Steak). The sauce was delicious – a hint of spice to it, not overly spicy, but just enough to keep the palate happy. The beef to pepper and onion ratio was good – that is to say, it wasn’t mostly vegetables with a few slices of beef. There was plenty of tender beef and the vegetables were tender-crisp and tasted fresh.
My Final Thoughts:
Although we found the Kung Pao to be a little disappointing, I think that we were pleased enough with the Pepper Steak to make this a place we’d visit again. Plus it gets bonus points for it’s location, as just across the way stands Sweetest Thing Cupcakes, and I’d love an excuse to go back there!