At some point in my life, before my vegetarian phase, I was obsessed with sweet and sour pork. I'd buy it, refrigerate it so the chunks of pork would be cold bite sized nuggets of fat and congealed sauce and pop those babies in my mouth with a set of disposable chopsticks. The large chunks of pineapple or green bell pepper and onions were always appreciated as adding a novel and delusional healthy element to a catastrophic dietary disaster aka deep fried battered pork inundated with a sugary oily sauce. No vitamins or minerals but a whole lotta yumyum.
Even now, when I see a TV show or movie where the characters are eating Chinese take-out from those white envelope topped cartons, I drool a little thinking it might be sweet and sour pork or kung pao shrimp or chow mein. Legal shows have a lot of those scenes when the lawyers are working late. Somehow, pizza doesn't quite cut it in terms of suggesting an all night work session. Neither does a 3 item combo from Panda Express. It's got to be the white cartons and the chopsticks and the legal pad and the pacing back and forth.
At any rate, I guess this is a huge prelude to saying I like fake chinese food. A lot. It's actually one of my favorite meals. So it goes without saying that I love PF Changs. Hence, a few weeks ago, when @activefoodie tweeted to @frenchchefwife that they should go to PF Changs, I totally invited myself. Happily, @dianatakesabite also was invited to the chow mein chowdown. I think we all did a really fine job ordering and eating. This is what we had.
Chicken lettuce wraps. Whoever thought of using iceberg lettuce as a "saam" for fried chicken chunks is a genius. Again, the fake healthy element is fooling no one but I like the attempt. Very valiant.
Diana placed an order of the honey walnut shrimp. Delicious.
Krissy ordered the Mongolian Beef. One of my all time favorite PF Chang items. I don't know what makes this thing so smoky, sweet and meaty but I love it.
She also ordered the Dan Dan noodles. Genius. These were very similar to the Dan Dan noodles I had at 101 Noodle Express. Hand over heart. Savory, rich, peanutty, chewy. The whole kit and kaboodle.
My choice always: Lemon pepper shrimp. This is crazy good, crispy, citrusy, sweet and peppery all in harmonious balance like an old man doing tai chi in the park. The fried chunks of lemon I eat it rind and all. Superb.
The only downside to the lemon pepper shrimp is that more likely than not your teeth will be studded with big chunks of pepper so stop smiling after you eat this dish. Just keep your lips covered over them teef until you've sonic cared them at home.
I think ActiveFoodie requested some greens. She's a good girl. She's going to veggie heaven. Hopefully, she can rescue me from the more deep fried pastures where I will end up.
DianaTakesaBite testing out the plastic cheesecake. Rarrrr...
FrenchChefWife's fortune was a most promising one.
This cheesecake, I went to town on it. Pretty much Diana and I were the biggest eaters. This cheesecake didn't stand a chance. RIP cheesecake, RIP.
So for you PF Chang haters, you don't know what you're missing. It's some good shit, and I'm gonna eat it again. Real soon. And I'm gonna like it. So there.