P.F. Chang’s–fresh, flavorful Asian cuisine

Mondays I post short reads about local, sometimes regional, eateries that serve seafood. You can read my take on other favorites, by opening the Eat Indy link under the “LOCAL” tab above. And if you get a chance to visit one of these establishments, or have a place you think I should check out, drop me a line—I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for swimming along (wink, wink ; )

P.F. Chang’s prides themselves in making tasty, fresh, Asian cuisine from scratch. Which basically means one, you’re not going to get any Chinese buffet-style, overly-sauced, overly-salty, overly-yucky rendition of what should be … and two, if you want your dish spiced up, spiced down, with extra onion, with no onions, etc., you can ask for it that way because they have a kitchen that cooks. Really cooks.

I don’t frequent P.F. Chang’s, but every time I do, I always leave saying, “we need to come back soon.” Because it’s that good—and because everyone’s happy here; the pescatarians, the vegetarians, and the carnivores alike. So it’s a win win, every time.

The Food

This last time I ordered shrimp in lobster sauce. Holy crap, it was delicious. Not salty. Not too saucy. Mild flavor with a ton on shrimp and water chestnuts, which I happen to love. We also had crab wontons, which, to be honest, didn’t really taste like crab but hey, it’s a wonton and wontons (so long as they’re not fried to long) are generally pretty darn good. Other favorites at the table were surf and turf Asian style; garlic shrimp with broccoli, lobster and shrimp fried rice, and sea bass. And, believe it or not, they have a good wine selection. Bonus, my fortune was really awesome so I left with a big smile ; )

Lobster sauce doesn’t have lobster in it, but was created with ingredients used to prepare a Cantonese-style lobster dishhence, the leftover sauce became known as “lobster sauce”

Bottom line: P.F. Chang’s farm-to-wok food philosophy is a good one. Everything was fresh, flavorful and yes, I will be going back soon. Very soon.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … perfect oven-baked salmon and lobster thermidor.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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