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Year of the Dog: 2018

9 Jan

Chinese New Year starts Feb. 16.

We are a wee bit obsessed with longevity noodles, five-spice soy chicken, and shrimp with melon.

Also this guy:

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Dynamite shrimp copycat

26 Jan

dynamite shrimp

Further along in the P.F. Chang’s project:

Menu says: Dynamite Shrimp. Tempura-battered, tossed in a light, spicy sriracha aioli.

Their twitter account says:  The perfect mix of sweet and spicy.4516_107753535574_5652992_n

Old recipe forum comment says this: “I have worked for PF Changs at several locations for many years, and although similar in a few ingredients the dynamite shrimp differs from the crispy green bean sauce. Perhaps they have the dynamite shrimp sauce confused with the sichuan flatbread sauce, which includes the green bean sauce in its dipping sauce. dont waste your time making the dynamite shrimp, its a mayo-chipotle sauce…where the green bean dip is a sriracha mayo…good luck!”

Some online copy cat versions we found are calling for Kewpie mayo, sriracha, honey, chipotle powder and green onion for the top. But keen on either chipotle powder or a shake of chipotle hot sauce.

How lazy is this: we purchased popcorn shrimp from a local take out joint and tumbled it in this P.F. Chang’s sauce clone at home.

First time out, we blended some mayo with sriracha, sesame oil and a dash of rice wine vinegar. It was fantastic. But so rich!

Next time: We’ll ditch the oil and vinegar and go for sweet/rice wine tasting Kewpie with a shake of chipotle hot sauce and sriracha.

PF Chang’s Spicy Chicken

17 Jan

spicy chic 2A winner. How fun this copycat recipe project has been. There is a common clone version of P.F. Chang’s Spicy Chicken floating around the web. You can spot it when you see the pineapple juice listed among the ingredients. It’s wrong.

The menu says: Lightly dusted and stir-fried in a sweet Sichuan sauce. Our version of General Tso’s and always a favorite.

Seeing is believing. Theirs looks amazing:

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This clone version is a delight. You’ll feel the tingle on your lips long after you’ve eaten. We like that the sauce isn’t too saucy: just enough to cling to the chicken. And we like how clean the flavours are: no overly-salty soy here. We served with rice and steamed carrots and broccoli and it was heavenly.

Plus, we love the insider feel of the “house white sauce” and “Chang’s sauce” we found in recipe forums. Enjoy!

PF CHANG’S SPICY CHICKEN COPYCAT
Adapted from cooks.com LladyRusty “from P.F. Chang’s, Roseville, California – Executive Chef D. J. Cheeks”

10 oz chicken breasts or a regular package of thighs, cut into big bite sized chunks
potato starch
canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup green onion
2 teaspoons sriracha or sambel olek
2 tbsp Chang’s house white sauce (chicken stock with a touch of oyster sauce)
Chang’s sauce: 2 tbsp sugar with 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Lightly coat chicken with potato starch.
Mix sauce and stir to melt sugar.
Brown chicken on both sides in batches.
Remove from pan, pour in sauce, stir, add chicken back to pan. Sauce should cling to chicken.

Mongolian Beef Copycat

11 Jan

mongolian beef plateABOVE: Us. BELOW: Them.

Mongolian beef has a cult following online. There’s good reason. It’s fantastic. Sweet, soy-glazed flank steak wok-seared with scallions and garlic, the menu describes.
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P.F. Chang’s once posted its own gluten-free recipe on its website, calling for a much simpler and drier version with just 2 fl oz of soy sauce to 2 tbsp sugar with just 1 tsp rice vinegar. The sauce is supposed to cling to the meat: no pools of sweet sauce there.

The copy cat recipe variations floating around the web are drowning in sauce. But it is delicious. This dish is RICH. Serve a few lovely bites with accompanying dumplings or steamed veg rather than tucking into heaping bowls of the stuff (like we did.).

Let us declare: we are not in the “1 cup of oil for frying” camp. And while you’re basically aiming for beef caramel, we prefer 1/2 cup brown sugar to the 3/4 cup recipe.
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P.F. CHANG’S MONGOLIAN BEEF COPYCAT
(adapted from Food.com)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, as needed
½ teaspoon ginger, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
½ cup light/low sodium soy sauce (we’re going to cut back slightly by watering it down a touch).
½ cup water
1/2 heaping cup dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp sesame oil, for finishing
1 lb flank steak (we bought two packages of pre-sliced stirfry beef around $6 each)
¼ cup potato starch (Bob’s Red Mill) or cornstarch
2 or 3 large green onions, chopped into 2-inch batons

Mix sauce ingredients (ginger, garlic, soy, water, brown sugar) we used our pyrex 2-cup measuring cup and set aside until after beef is cooked.

Slice the flank steak against the grain into 1/4″ thick bite-size slices. Tilt the blade of your knife at about a 45-degree angle to the top of the steak so that you get wider cuts.  Dust the pieces on both sides with potato or cornstarch. Let the beef sit, and heat skillet. Add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and heat to medium, not smoking. Brown the beef in batches. It will release from the pan when the crust forms. Flip and brown the other side. No need to cook all the way through: it will finish cooking in the sauce later. Reserve browned meat on a clean plate as you cook in batches. Add more oil to pan as needed. When all the beef is browned, turn burner heat down only slightly, give a stir to your reserved sauce, and quickly start deglazing the pan with it. It should bubble up and foam immediately like you’re making candy. Stir and lift up all the browned bits in the pan and watch for sauce to thicken slightly. Add beef and stir to coat each piece. There should be quite a bit of sauce, which will continue to thicken from the beef’s cornstarch crust. Add sesame oil and chopped green onion batons at final minute. If you add too early, the onions lose their bright green appearance. Serve over rice.

Be warned: this is a rich dish, so go easy on adding the gravy. This is best presented as part of a larger meal: steamed veg, dumplings, other dishes. A few delectable bites is heavenly. Too much and you’ll find it overwhelming.

And a version for using the bottled PF Chang’s Mongolian sauce:

1 pound boneless beef top sirloin or flank steak, cut into thin strips

3/4 cup P.F. Chang’s® Mongolian Style BBQ Sauce, divided

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic

1 cup sliced fresh button mushrooms

5 green onions, cut into 3-inch strips

Place steak in zippered plastic bag with 1/2 cup Mongolian Style BBQ sauce, press air out of bag and close. Refrigerate 4 hours, or overnight.

Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms; cook and stir about 2 minutes. Add beef to skillet, leaving extra marinade in bag. Cook until almost browned, about 3 minutes.

Add remaining 1/4 cup Mongolian Style BBQ sauce; cook until beef is just done and sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in green onions, remove from heat and serve.

New Year, New Obsession

8 Jan

In a renewed effort to rid ourselves of recipe clippings and clutter, we have a new theme for the next few months.

PF Chang’s copycat recipes.

We’ve been hoarding mountains of clippings over the years. Such a charity case: there is no PF Chang’s anywhere near us.

So memories from Vegas and Palm Desert will have to suffice.

Once and for all, we’re going to knock off one of these clones weekly.

And oddly, we’re starting with a dish we’ve never tried, and no longer exists on the menu. Dali Chicken.

It features a savory garlic chili and cumin sauce. “Our spiciest chicken dish served with sliced potatoes and leeks. Tender slices of chicken breast wok-tossed with dried red chilies, potatoes and scallions in a signature spicy sauce.” But it’s the menu photo that really grabbed our attention. Those chili pods. The leeks.
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This is a superb winter dish. Warming and spicy. And we love that it isn’t sugar-laden. It comes together very quickly. Recipe forums have occasionally sported comments from former employees who divulged the “white sauce” component: chicken broth mixed with a bit of oyster sauce. Thanks for the tip!

This photo doesn’t do it justice (where are those chili pods and leeks, you ask. Green onions and rooster sauce. Still delish. This deserves a redo!)

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DALI CHICKEN
PF CHANG’S COPYCAT

1 lb chicken breast, thinly sliced (We used 2 breasts)
1 yukon gold potato, thinly sliced Into half moons (photos show thin slices and 1/4 inch thick, so we haven’t decided which is better.
Leek or 4 scallions, sliced into one inch diagonals
6 to 8 dried chili pods
1 tsp ground, toasted cumin
4 tablespoons chicken stock (our potatoes thickened this up)
2 tablespoons Oyster sauce
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1 tsp grated ginger and 3 cloves garlic
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons chili garlic paste (Sambal Oelek or Rooster) we used 1/4 tsp and it still has zing

2 tablespoons vegetable oil for stir frying
Black sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375. Toss potato slices in oil and roast until browned on bottom.
Steam rice. Meanwhile, slice chicken and leeks. Mix stock, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, Sherry, vinegar, soy sauce and chili garlic paste in a bowl and combine. Set aside.
Heat a wok or saute pan and add oil. Add dried chilies. Cook until pods darken slightly. (While this dish highlights a good spicy zing, if you live with spice wimps, you can omit. It’s not the same, but the flavours are still enjoyable.)
Add chicken and stir fry. Add cumin and continue to stir fry until chicken turns opaque.
Stir in sauce and let it bubble. Add potatoes and stir to fully coat with sauce.
Stir in the scallions or leeks. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

Another version of Red Hot Chili sauce:

1 3/4 pounds red jalapeño peppers, stems removed and halved lengthwise
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons garlic powder, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, plus more as needed
Water, as needed 

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the peppers, garlic, garlic powder, granulated sugar, salt, and brown sugar. Pulse until a coarse puree forms. Transfer to a glass jar, seal, and store at room temperature for 7 days, stirring daily.

After 1 week, pour the chili mixture into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool, then puree in a food processor for 2 to 3 minutes, until a smooth, uniform paste forms. If the mixture is too thick to blend properly, feel free to adjust the consistency with a small amount of water.

Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Press on the solids with the back of a spoon to squeeze out every last bit of goodness you’ve been waiting a week to get. Adjust the seasoning and consistency of the final sauce, adding additional vinegar, water, salt, granulated sugar, or garlic powder to suit your taste. Transfer to a glass jar, seal, and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

And from NYT, another cumin-spiced dish with beef:

Hunan Beef with Cumin from Fuchsia Dunlop’s Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook

1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or good medium-dry sherry

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon light soy sauce

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce

1 tablespoon potato starch or flour

12 ounces boneless short rib or other beef steak

1 ¾ cups peanut oil

2 teaspoons minced ginger

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

2 fresh red chilies (tien tsin or Thai red chiles), seeded and finely chopped

2 to 4 teaspoons dried chili flakes

2 teaspoons ground cumin

Salt

2 scallions, green parts only, finely sliced

1 teaspoon sesame oil

In a bowl, mix the wine, salt, soy sauces, potato starch or flour and one tablespoon water. Cut the beef across the grain into thin slices and add to marinade.

In a wok, heat peanut oil to about 275 degrees. Add beef and stir gently for two to three minutes, then remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain well.

Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of oil in wok. Over a high flame, add the ginger, garlic, fresh chilies, chili flakes and cumin and stir-fry briefly, until they are fragrant. Return beef to the wok and stir well, seasoning with salt to taste.

When beef is sizzling and fragrant,add scallion greens and toss briefly. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil.

 

Shrimp Obsession

29 Mar

We can’t kick our fascination with this stir fried shrimp with its odd-to-us pairing of honeydew melon balls and candied whole walnuts tossed in a creamy sauce (which we fear is mayo-based):
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PF Chang’s menu describes its Walnut Shrimp with Melon as “Tossed in citrus Asian aioli with warm candied walnuts and cool honeydew melon”

Many online copycats claim to have cracked the PF Changs’ code, but we’re skeptical.

1/2 C Coconut Milk
1/4 C Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Tbs Mayonnaise, slightly heaping
1 1/2 Tbs Rice Vinegar
1/8 tsp Turmeric
Dash Celery Salt

Whisk over a low heat until warm.

We’ve also seen this:
1/2 tbsp condensed milk
1/2 tbsp honey
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsps mayonnaise

Flaming Red Wontons

25 Nov

Happy to have finally tried Han’s Restaurant sichuan spicy wontons:

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Despite the chili oil looking kind of pink, it’s really a hot red colour. Also topping these is a sweet soy. So good! Will try mixing black vinegar and soy sauce with sugar to dissolve, and garlic and sesame oil.

We aren’t anywhere near P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Triple Happiness happy hour. Sob! So we were excited to find a recipe for Flaming Red Wontons.


But after reading instructions to place a “pea-sized mound of meat” on each skin, we questioned how that size would measure up: If 3/4 of a pound of filling makes eight dumplings, surely the mounds will be bigger than a pea.

No matter. Can’t think of a better winter snack with a steaming cup of tea.

Also eager to try this version.

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO FLAMING RED WONTONS
Makes 8 pork dumplings in a spicy garlic and sesame soy sauce finished with scallions and pickled chili peppers.

Won Ton Filling:
1/2 pound shrimp, washed, peeled, deveined and finely minced
1/4 pound pork, trimmed, finely minced
2 tablespoons carrot, finely minced
2 tablespoons green onion, finely minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

wonton skins

Green onions to garnish
Cilantro leaves to garnish
Black sesame seeds to garnish

Sauce:
1 cup soy sauce
1 ounce white vinegar
1/2 ounce chile oil
1/2 teaspoon chile paste
1 ounce granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
Sesame oil to taste
1 cup chicken stock

Combine shrimp and pork mixtures. Make sure the mixture is smooth and not lumpy. If you have a food processor, use it for the mix. With a small spoon, place a pea-sized (?@!) mound of meat mixture into the won ton skin.

Moisten the top and bottom corners. Fold over and seal.

Place on a plate, cover and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Combine sauce ingredients and mix very well. Prepare garnishes.

Have a soup pot filled with chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then lower to a slight boil. Heat the entire batch of sauce.

Cook won tons in boiling chicken stock for approximately 2 minutes or until won tons float to the surface. Cook until skins are soft. With a strainer, remove won tons into soup bowl.

Remember to mix sauce well before you ladle it over the won tons, then ladle 1 ounce of sauce over the won tons.

Top each wonton with a small blob of pickled chili sauce or Rooster sauce. Garnish with green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds and serve.

Servings: 4

That’s a (PF Chang’s Lettuce) Wrap

24 Nov


Our obsession with PF Chang’s is almost as devout as our quest for better lettuce wraps.

Here is a good-looking clone for Chang’s signature appetizer of wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool, crisp lettuce cups. And trio sauces!

At bottom is Chang’s own recipes for ginger chicken stir-fry romaine wraps with citrus soy.

PF CHANG’S CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS clone
Serves 2-3

3 tablespoons oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup water chestnuts
2/3 cup mushroom
3 tablespoons chopped onion and/or two chopped green onions
2 cloves minced garlic
4-5 leaves iceberg or bibb/butter lettuce

Special Sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon hot mustard
2 teaspoons water
1-2 teaspoon garlic and red chile paste

Stir Fry Sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

Make the special sauce by dissolving the sugar in water in a small bowl.
Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice and sesame oil.
Mix well and refrigerate this sauce until you’re ready to serve.
Combine the hot water with the hot mustard and set this aside as well.
Eventually add your desired measurement of mustard and garlic chili sauce to the special sauce mixture to pour over the wraps.
Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan.
Saute chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes per side or done.
Remove chicken for the pan and cool.
Keep oil in the pan, keep hot.
As chicken cools mince water chestnuts and mushrooms to about the size of small peas.
Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together in small bowl.
When chicken is cool, mince it as the mushrooms and water chestnuts are.
With the pan still on high heat, add another Tbsp of oil.
Add chicken, garlic, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms to the pan.
Add the stir fry sauce to the pan and saute the mixture for a couple minutes then serve it in the lettuce “cups”.
Top with “special sauce”.

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GINGER CHICKEN STIR-FRY ROMAINE WRAPS WITH CITRUS SOY
Recipe courtesy of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
1 pound chicken
3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
½ teaspoon dry chili flakes
3 tablespoons soy bean oil or vegetable oil
2 heads romaine lettuce, cleaned
½ cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 ounce scallions, sliced thin
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Dice the chicken into tiny pieces. Place the chicken in a mixing bowl and add 2 tablespoons soy
bean oil, ginger, garlic, chili flakes and 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Mix together in circular motion until well mixed. Let marinate in refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
Mix together the citrus juices, soy, and hoisin sauce with a whisk. Reserve until needed. Clean the
romaine lettuce, chopping off the stem, peeling each ‘spear’ and running under clean cold water.
Reserve in refrigerator until ready to use. Chop scallions into rings and reserve chilled.
Coat a very hot sauté pan lightly with soy bean oil. Lay the chicken around the sauté pan being careful not to lay too many on top of each other. Sear the chicken until crispy and golden brown, about 2 ½ minutes. Once chicken is brown, toss gently in pan and sear another 2 ½ minutes.

The pan will appear to “burn”, but that is the carmelization and where all the flavor comes from. Add ½ of the citrus soy mixture to the sauté pan and coat well. Let the sauce coat the chicken until it is glazed, and thickens on the chicken. Add more or less depending on how wet you want your mixture. Spoon chicken onto a plate.
Wrap the chicken mixture in romaine lettuce and top with scallion rings. Serve and enjoy!
*Fun fact: this recipe can also be done with baby shrimps, fish or beef.
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Ho Lee Chow

18 May

Our love of PF Chang’s China Bistro is not exactly the height of sophistication, we know. But certain dishes enjoyed on holiday leave lasting memories.

Recently, our happy group delighted in chicken lettuce wraps and dynamite shrimp, followed by coconut curry vegetables with crispy silken tofu and peanuts in a coconut curry sauce, shrimp with candied walnuts tossed in a creamy sauce (which we fear is mayo-based) and honeydew melon balls.

We’d returned from southern California for one day before a craving struck. And that craving was for orange peel chicken. The menu describes it as tossed with chili peppers and fresh orange peel for a spicy, citrus combination. We tried this recipe, and it is bang on.

PF CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO ORANGE PEEL CHICKEN
Top Secret Restaurant Recipes Volume Two

1 T oil
2 T minced or sliced garlic
4 green onions, sliced
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar (we’ve been using brown)
2 T chili garlic/Rooster sauce
1 T soy sauce
juice of half an orange
1/2 cup oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup cornstarch

peel from 1/4 orange, julienned into 1/8 in. strips

Prepare sauce by heating 1 T of oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute garlic and green onions. Add tomato sauce and water quickly before the garlic burns. Add sugar, chili sauce, orange juice and soy sauce and bring to a boil. Simmer 5-6 minutes or until sauce thickens, then turn off the heat.
Prepare the chicken by heating 1/2 cup oil in a wok over medium heat. Slice chicken breast into bite size pieces. Coat each piece with cornstarch. Arrange chicken on a plate until all chicken is coated. When oil in the wok is hot, add half the chicken to the oil and cook for a couple of minutes or until brown on one side, then flip. When chicken is golden brown, remove the pieces to a rack to drain. Repeat with remaining chicken. When all chicken is cooked rinse the oil out of the wok with water and place it back on the stove to heat up.
(Note: I used a frying pan and only two tablespoons of oil to nicely brown and crisp the chicken chunks. Then I added the orange peel, followed by a few ladlefulls of sauce, which boiled furiously and was left clinging to the chicken.)
When wok is hot again add orange peel and chicken. Heat for 20-30 seconds, stirring gently. Add sauce to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Stir to coat. Cook until the sauce thickens then serve with rice on the side.

Note: Martin Yan’s version calls for 1/3 cup fresh orange juice, 2 tbsp rice wine or sherry, 1 tbsp hoisin, 2 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp chili garlic sauce

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PF CHANG’S LETTUCE WRAPS
8 dried Shiitake mushrooms
2 teaspoons cooking sherry
2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces or ground chicken
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
2 chopped green onions
8 oz can bamboo shoots, chopped up
8 oz can water chestnuts, chopped
2 small dried chilies (optional)
1 package of Chinese cellophane rice noodles, cooked according to instructions on the package
Iceberg lettuce leaves

Lettuce Wrap Sauce:
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cooking sherry
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Pour enough boiling water over dried mushrooms to cover. Let soak for 30 minutes, then drain. After the mushrooms have soaked, remove any woody stems and chop up the mushrooms.
While waitng for the mushrooms to finish soaking, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce.
In a separate bowl, mix together the sherry, water, soy sauce, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and chicken. Stir together until chicken is well coated.
Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Add 3 tablespoons of oil. After the oil gets hots, add the chicken mixture. Fry quickly for about 3 minutes, or til chicken is no longer pink. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Remove chicken.
To the same skillet, add 2 more tablespoons of oil. Add the fresh ginger, garlic, green onions, and optional chilies, if desired. Fry quickly for 45-60 seconds, or til garlic is a golden color. Do not overcook garlic, or it will taste bitter. Add the dried mushrooms, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Fry quickly for about 2 minutes.
Return chicken to the skillet. Add the sauce ingredients to the same skillet. Cook until the sauce thickens.
Break the cooked cellophane noodles into small pieces. Spread the noodles onto the bottom of a platter. Pour the chicken mixture on top of the noodles. Spoon into lettuce leafs. Roll up chicken lettuce wraps and secure with toothpicks. See if this doesn’t taste just like the PF Chang lettuce wrap recipe to you.

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PF CHANG’S COCONUT CURRY VEGETABLES
For the Tofu
2 tablespoons sesame oil
12 ounces package extra firm water-packed tofu (although menu describes crispy fried silken tofu)
1 small onion, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 small red bell pepper, cubed
1 cup halved mushrooms
4 ounces (3 cups) cauliflower or broccoli florets
1 cup thinly sliced carrots or whole sugar snap peas

Coconut-Curry Sauce:
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
2 Tbl. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 – 2 Tbl. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. unseasoned rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1/2 cup peanuts

2 Tbl. canola oil for stir-frying

2 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 1/2 Tbl. cold water mixed together in small bowl.

Drain the tofu, cube and fry in 1 tablespoon oil until brown. Set aside.
Separately blanch the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and sugar snap peas until tender-crisp in plain boiling water. Drain and flush with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again.
Combine the coconut-curry sauce ingredients. Taste and adjust the sugar to your liking.
Heat a wok or wide skillet over high heat until hot. Add the canola oil, swirl to glaze the pan, then add the onions and bell pepper. Stir-fry until tender-crisp, 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and stir until hot, a few minutes more. Add the blanched vegetables and toss to mix.
Stir the sauce and add it to the pan. Bring to a simmer, tossing to combine.
Stir the cornstarch mixture to recombine and add it to the pan. Stir until the sauce turns glossy, about 10 seconds (a bit longer if you`re doubling the sauce).
Add the peanuts.
Serve with rice, noodles, or a warm loaf of bread.
Use a milder or hotter curry powder to vary the spice.
For a really saucy dish to serve over rice or noodles, double the sauce ingredients and the cornstarch mixture.
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PF CHANG’S CRISPY HONEY SHRIMP
We’re not big on battered anything, so we’ll try this with a dusting on cornstarch or flour.

1 lb shrimp, butterflied
Vegetable oil for frying

Batter:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 egg
3/4 cup ice water or soda water
1/8 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda

Shrimp marinade:
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp cornstarch

Sauce:

1/2 cup sake or rice wine (mirin)
1/ 3 cup honey
1/3 cup rice vinegar
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp minced garlic
scallions

Cornstarch slurry–1/4 cup corn starch mixed with 1/4 cup water

To make batter: mix ingredients till just combined. Let rest in refrigerator for a couple of hours. Coat shrimp with seasonings and marinate in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Pour vegetable oil into fryer or heavy bottomed sauce pot. Heat slowly to 340-350 degrees. Batter shrimp a little at a time. Shake off excess batter. Carefully place shrimp into the hot oil. Shrimp is done when golden to light brown and crisp. Remove to platter with paper towels to drain. Repeat for all the shrimp. Remember to check the oil temperature, it must remain hot.

Mix sauce ingredients in small sauce pan, bring to a boil. Add cornstarch slurry, a little at a time (you will not need all of it). The sauce will thicken, let it come to a thickness of “loose honey.” Let cook for a minute or two.

Serve sauce on side for dipping or drizzle over top.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

18 Feb

We don’t know what in the hell is wrong with us, but we have tendency to hoard restaurant recipes found online. Surely they must make pills for this, no?
SPICY SHRIMP SALAD WITH MANGO AND AVOCADO
2  cups mango, sliced lengthwise thinly
2 tbsp soy bean oil or vegetable oil
2 tsp chili paste, (sambal brand)
1 tbsp grape seed oil
1 tbsp lime juice, fresh
2 tbsp orange juice, fresh
1 tbsp zest from lime and orange mixed
4 heads butter lettuce, ripped into pieces
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into pieces
1.5 lbs shrimp, cooked in seasoned water (21-25ct-size of shrimps)
1 cup thai basil, mint, and cilantro
1 cup scallions, cut into rings
1 cup roma tomatoes, sliced in half
¼ tsp  white pepper, ground (or to taste)
1 tbsp honey
2 each avocado, ripe (small diced – 1.5 cups)
3 tbsp  soy sauce, or to taste
1 tbsp  rice wine vinegar

In a blender, puree the oil, juices, chili paste, soy, ½ cup mango, and honey. Prepare ahead to let chill, and flavor develop.
Place the other ingredients in a bowl (shrimps are best served chilled), and pour dressing over ingredients. Toss the salad in a folding motion, ensuring they are coated but not ‘drenched’…reserve remaining dressing to dip the shrimp into if you wish.
Mound on a platter, being sure to get all the good stuff on top to see. Garnish with orange or lime wedges. Enjoy!
This may also be done with grilled skirt/flank steak, with a great warm/cold contrast. After grilling, slice the beef thinly against the grain (marinate the beef with oil and honey well beforehand to tenderize the meat-or make extra dressing, and use 1 cup to marinade 1 ½ lbs meat for 12 hours).

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PULLED CHICKEN WITH SPICY CUCUMBER CHILI NOODLES
2 lbs chicken, boned dark and white
1 lb shanghai or Chinese noodles
1 cucumber, chinese
2 tbsp chili paste, sambal
4 tbsp tahini paste
1/4 cup soy bean oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 bunch cilantro
10 mint leaves
2 tbsp hoisen sauce
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp ginger, fresh grated
5 tbsp scallions

In a pot of boiling seasoned water, place the boned chicken, bring back to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes, then turn heat off and let sit uncovered for 25 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, in a bowl, add the tahini paste, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, grated fresh ginger, fish sauce, peanut butter, and 1 tbsp of chili paste. Mix together with a rubber spatula or whip to incorporate well. After the mixture is well incorporated, add about 2 tablespoons water to “smooth” out the dressing. It will lighten, and become thin enough to spoon (you may need to add a touch more water as it sits, and adjust just before you use with the dish.
In a separate pot of seasoned boiling water, place the Chinese noodles and cook until ‘al dente’ about 5-7 minutes. (this may be done ahead of time, and blanched to stop the cooking process… then easier to time the dish when your ingredients are all ready). Reserve the noodles chilled, and keep the water for when you are ready to plate your lunch/dinner/snack).
Cut the cucumbers in disks, then cut into julienne “strips” (easier to eat), and reserve chilled.
When the chicken is done, cooked just to 165 degrees, or in the dark meat no “pink”, remove and place into the refrigerator to chill. The chicken may be done ahead of time, but make sure to keep covered so the chicken does not dry out… you may keep some of the poaching liquid with the chicken to keep it moist.
Once the chicken is chilled, “pull the meat along the grain of the muscle, it will come apart into ‘strings’. These should be roughly pulled, and better if they are different sizes, thickness, and lengths. If you have to, you may use a knife on the dark meat to get the pulling started.
Plating your dish: With all the ingredients done, now place the cooked noodles into a strainer in the boiling water for just a minute (to heat them up), and place on a platter or individual bowls/plates.
Now make sure your Tahini dressing is the right consistency…and adjust if needed, and spoon about 4-5 tbsp of dressing over noodles…. You may always add more! Now place the chicken in a ‘pile on one side of the top of the noodles, and the julienne cucumbers on the other. Garnish with chopped scallions, and put the hoisen sauce as a side offering for you to spoon onto the noodles.
Serve with a nice rice beer, or something with bubbles… Ginger beer, or Ale… Enjoy!!!

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GINGER CHICKEN STIR FRY WITH ROMAINE AND CITRUS SOY
1 lb ground chicken
3 tbsp ginger
1 tbsp garlic
1/2 tsp chili flakes
3 tbsp soy bean oil
2 heads romaine lettuce
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp hoisen sauce
1 oz scallions
1 tbsp soy sauce

Makes about 8-10 servings of ‘one spear’ each
Dice the Chicken into tiny pieces, not minced, but small diced…about ¼” rough squares.
Place the chicken into a mixing bowl, and add 2 tbsp of soy bean oil, ginger, garlic, chili flakes, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Mix together in circular motion until well mixed. Let marinate in refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
Mix together the citrus juices, soy, and hoisen sauce with a whisk. Reserve until needed.
Clean the romaine lettuce, chopping off the stem, peeling each ‘spear’ and running under clean cold water. Reserve in Refrigerator until ready to use. Chop scallions into rings and reserve chilled.
In a very hot sauté pan, coat lightly with the soy bean oil, make sure the pan is very hot! Evenly lay the chicken around the sauté pan, being sure not to lay too much on top of each other. We are trying to get a good searing of the chicken to get it crispy and golden brown…about 2 ½ minutes.
When the chicken is browned, toss gently in pan (or fold with spoon). Repeat for another two minutes and fold again. The pan will appear to ‘burn’ a bit, but that is the ‘Fond’ (which is the caramelization, and where all the magic flavor comes from.
When the chicken has cooked for 4-5 minutes, add ½ of the citrus-soy mixture, and toss well. Let the sauce coat the chicken until it is ‘glazed’, and thickens on the chicken. Add more or less depending on how “wet” you want your mixture.
When coated, the chicken should be cooked (165 degrees), then spoon onto a plate.
Whats fun is to put plates of each ingredient on the table or bar top, and let people build their own Romaine wraps, sprinkling the scallion rings on top as a garnish, and great light onion taste. Sesame seeds also make a great finish to the mixture.
Eat and enjoy! A Tsing Tao would be a perfect compliment to this dish, it’s spicy, smoky, bright and sweet, and fun to eat!
This can also be done with baby shrimps, fish, or beef.

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ASIAN NEW YORK STRIP STEAK WITH CARROT PEANUT SLAW
3 each 12 oz  NY Strip Steak Each
1 tbsp  Soy bean oil
1 tsp  salt and black pepper mixed
1 tbsp sweet unsalted butter,

Place the steak on a hot sizzle plate in your oven.  You can get the plate hot over your range (being careful, and using tongs/kitchen mitts). Sear on for about 3-4 minutes.
Pull the sizzle plate from the oven or grill, and brush on a generous coating of your sweet soy, or molassas.
Return to oven or grill and broil for another minute, or until a caramelized look throughout the beef.
Flip and repeat steps 1 and 2.
If possible, let the steak rest for 1-2 minutes, allowing the meat to relax.
The finished product should be medium-rare.
Orange Chili Vinaigrette
1 ½ cup Orange juice
1/3 cup OranGe zest, grated
2 T. Ginger, chopped fine
¼ cup Sugar, granulated
½ cup Ginger Vinegar
1 cup Orange Chili Oil

Put all ingredients in a small sauce pot and reduce by half.  Transfer to a stainless steel mixing bowl.  Whisk in the vinegar and oil to emulsify.

Carrot Slaw
4.5 oz Shredded carrots, matchstick
.5 oz Green onion, slivered
.05 oz Mint, julienne
.05 oz Cilantro, julienne
.05 oz Sweet basil, julienne

In a mixing bowl, place all ingredients, and incorporate well.  Check seasoning, and adjust if needed with kosher salt.  Best if eaten fresh.

Spicy Peanut Dressing
1 lb Peanut butter
1 fl oz Soy sauce
2 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
2 fl oz Sake, dry
1 tbsp Lime juice, fresh
Pinch Pepper, ground white
2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped rough
½ tsp Chipotle, tobasco sauce
2 oz Rice wine vinegar
2 oz Water

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients well.  Be sure to mix with a whip, in a circular and figure 8 motion, to incorporate.  The dressing should be slightly thick, but able to coat a spoon well.  If the dressing is slightly thick, thin it out with water, little by little.  If you like it thicker, thicken it with more peanut butter.
When you are serving the beef, place the beef on a cutting board, and using a sharp knife, slice into very thin slices all the way along the beef. “Re-arrange the meat” fanning along a plate, or into a circle around your carrot slaw with peanut dressing, or other favorite compliment.  Now drizzle the orange chili vinaigrette over the beef, as desired, and enjoy!
A crisp Savignon Blanc, or a Pinot Noir will go beautifully with this dish!

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SHANGHAI NOODLES WITH GRILLED RIB EYE AND BROCCOLI
Shanghai Noodles, (egg based) lb 1
2 lb rib eye steak
1 lb broccoli florets
1 onion, white julienne
2 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp ginger, fresh
1 tsp chili flakes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup hoisen sauce
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 oz butter, unsalted
4 tbsp soy bean oil
kosher salt, and white pepper
1/4 cup fresh orange juice

Combine the hoisin, orange juice and soy sauce with a whisk and reserve. In a small bowl, combine ginger, chili flakes and garlic with 2 tablespoons soy bean oil. Add salt and pepper to the mixture and combine well. Add rib eye steaks to marinade and refrigerate for 2 hours.

While steaks are marinating, blanch the noodles and broccoli. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Place the broccoli in a wire basket and cook for about 4 minutes at a slow boil. Remove from pot and place in ice water to stop the cooking process. Let sit in ice bath for a couple minutes until chilled.

In the same pot, cook Shanghai noodles until al dente, about 5 or 6 minutes. Remove and pour into colan der. Once the excess water is removed, place the noodles on a sheet tray, and lightly coat with soy bean oil, being sure to move the noodles to prevent them from sticking. Let cool to room temperature, moving occasionally.

Remove beef from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for about 5 minutes before cooking. Season with salt and pepper. In a very hot oiled sauté pan, place the steaks and let cook for 5 minutes on each side (to medium-rare).

While the steaks are cooking, place 1 tablespoon of soy bean oil in a warm sauté pan and sweat the onions with 1 teaspoon of garlic, ginger and chili flakes. Once the onions are translucent, add the white wine and allow to reduce by 3⁄4. Add hoisinmixture and stir. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes then add noodles. Toss the noodles with the sauce and allow the noodles to get hot, about 4 minutes. Add the blanched broccoli and continue to cook until noodles and broccoli are hot. Add the butter and continue to toss until noodles and broccoli are coated.

Divide the noodles unto four separate plates. Place the beef on a cutting board and cut into thin strips. Lay the rib eye slices on top of the noodles. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Sauce: combine the hoisen, orange juice, and soy sauce with a whisk and reserve.
In a small bowl, combine ginger, chili flakes, and garlic with 2 tbsp of soy bean oil.  Add 1 tsp of kosher salt to the mixture, and a pinch of white pepper…combine well and reserve.
Rib Eye: Ask the butcher or meat dept to give you four 8 oz steaks. The better ‘marbling’ the better. In a bowl, add the chili-ginger-garlic goop to the steaks, making sure you evenly distribute around the steaks. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours to get the flavor into the steaks.
While the Steaks are marinating, you can blanch the noodles and broccoli. Get a pot of water going, and season with kosher salt (about 1 tbsp per gallon).  Get another bowl of ice water ready, which will be used to ‘shock’ the broccoli (stops the cooking process).
With the water to a boil, place the broccoli in a wire basket and cook for about 4 minutes at a slow boil.  Remove from pot, and place in ice water.  Let sit in ice bath for only a few minutes, until just chilled (letting it sit in the water will make the broccoli mushy and take on too much water).  Reserve until ready to make the dish.
In the same water, place the Shanghai noodles, and cook until al dente…about 5-6 minutes.  Remove and pour into a colander. Once the excess water is removed, place the noodles on a sheet tray, and lightly coat with soy bean oil, being sure to move the noodles (this prevents ‘sticking’.  Let cool to room temp, moving occasionally (we do this so we don’t lose the starch in the noodles…do not rinse or shock in water!  This is a big “noodle sin”).
Get your beef ready, and allow to come to room temp for about 5 minutes before cooking.  Season with Kosher salt, about ½ tsp per steak both sides.  In a very hot sauté pan (or grill), place the steaks and let cook for 5 minutes on each side (to medium-rare).  If using the sauté pan, place a bit of soy bean oil just before placing steaks…the pan should be VERY hot!  We are trying to ‘caramelize’ the beef, which gives flavor and locks in all the great juices, and gives a nice ‘crunch’ texture’.
While the steaks are cooking, in a large warm sauté pan, place 1 tbsp of soy bean oil, and sweat the onions with 1 tsp of garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. Once the onions are translucent, add the white wine (or michu wine), and allow to reduce by ¾).  Now add the hoisen sauce mixture and stir.  Let the sauce simmer for 3-4 minutes, then add the noodles.  Toss the noodles with the sauce, and allow the noodles to take the sauce in and get hot…about 4 minutes.  This may take two pans, or a strong ‘single pan’. Add the blanched Broccoli, and continue to cook until noodles and broccoli are hot.  Add the butter and continue to toss until the butter has ‘tightened’ and the sauce is coating the noodles and broccoli well.
Place the noodles on a big platter, or four individual plate-bowls. Garnish with scallion rings, and/or toasted sesame seeds.
The Beef should be done by now, and nicely caramelized (dark brown in color on the outside).  Place on a cutting board, and with a very sharp knife slice into thin strips. Once done, lay the rib eye slices on top of the noodles, or arrange around them, or put back together and lay in front of the noodles.
Serve and enjoy!!!

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FLAVORS OF YUNNAN ZODIAC NOODLES
From P.F.Chang’s “Flavors of Yunnan” menu, Zodiac Noodles combines rice noodles with pork loin, ham, cabbage and shiitake mushrooms in a spicy Kung Pao-style sauce.

•5 ounces Guilin Rice Vermicelli (or substitute spaghetti, follow recipe on package for cooking)
•1 teaspoon any vegetable oil
•2 teaspoons any vegetable oil
•8 each chili pods
•3 ounces pork loin, cut into thin strips
•1 teaspoon garlic
•1 1/2 ounces Yunnan ham, cut into thin strips (substitute Proscuttio or Serrano)
•2 each green onion, cut into 2-3 inch sticks
•1/4 cup sliced cabbage, cut into thin strips
•1/4 cup Shiitake mushrooms, sliced (substitute any mushrooms)
•1/8 teaspoon salt
•2 tablespoons soy sauce
•1 teaspoon oyster sauce
•1 teaspoon sugar
•1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Preparation:
Procedure:
1. Soak vermicelli in very hot water for 1 hour.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add Vermicelli and boil for one minute.
3. Rinse under warm water for one minute, drain well then mix with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
4. Heat a wok over high heat until it begins to smoke (can substitute cast iron skillet or saute pan).
5. Add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, then chili pods and pork. Then stir-fry until pork is almost done.
6. Add garlic, ham, green onion, cabbage and mushrooms then stir for 10 to 15 seconds.
7. Add vermicelli, salt, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and sesame oil then stir-fry until all ingredients are mixed well.

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PF CHANG LETTUCE WRAPS
•8 dried Shiitake mushrooms
•2 teaspoons cooking sherry
•2 teaspoons water
•1 teaspoon soy sauce
•1 teaspoon cornstarch
•salt and pepper to taste
•1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces
•5 tablespoons vegetable oil
•1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
•2 cloves minced garlic
•2 chopped green onions
•8 oz can bamboo shoots, chopped up
•8 oz can water chestnuts, chopped
•2 small dried chilies (optional)
•1 package of Chinese cellophane rice noodles, cooked according to instructions on the package
•Iceberg lettuce leaves

Lettuce Wrap Sauce:
•2 tablespoons oyster sauce
•1 1/2 tablespoons water
•1 tablespoon cooking sherry
•1 tablespoon soy sauce
•1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
•2 teaspoons cornstarch
•1 teaspoon sugar
•1 teaspoon sesame oil

Pour enough boiling water over dried mushrooms to cover. Let soak for 30 minutes, then drain. After the mushrooms have soaked, remove any woody stems and chop up the mushrooms.
While waitng for the mushrooms to finish soaking, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce.
In a separate bowl, mix together the sherry, water, soy sauce, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and chicken. Stir together until chicken is well coated.
Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Add 3 tablespoons of oil. After the oil gets hots, add the chicken mixture. Fry quickly for about 3 minutes, or til chicken is no longer pink. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Remove chicken.
To the same skillet, add 2 more tablespoons of oil. Add the fresh ginger, garlic, green onions, and optional chilies, if desired. Fry quickly for 45-60 seconds, or til garlic is a golden color. Do not overcook garlic, or it will taste bitter. Add the dried mushrooms, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Fry quickly for about 2 minutes.
Return chicken to the skillet. Add the sauce ingredients to the same skillet. Cook until the sauce thickens.
Break the cooked cellophane noodles into small pieces. Spread the noodles onto the bottom of a platter. Pour the chicken mixture on top of the noodles. Spoon into lettuce leafs. Roll up chicken lettuce wraps and secure with toothpicks. See if this doesn’t taste just like the PF Chang lettuce wrap recipe to you.

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P.F. Chang’s® Coconut-Curry Vegetables
For the Tofu
2 tablespoons sesame oil
12 ounces package extra firm water-packed tofu
1 small onion, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 small red bell pepper, cubed
1 cup halved mushrooms
4 ounces (3 cups) cauliflower or broccoli florets
1 cup thinly sliced carrots or whole sugar snap peas

Coconut-Curry Sauce:
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
2 Tbl. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1 – 2 Tbl. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. unseasoned rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1/2 cup peanuts

2 Tbl. canola oil for stir-frying

2 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 1/2 Tbl. cold water mixed together in small bowl.

Drain the tofu, cube and fry in 1 tablespoon oil until brown. Set aside.
Separately blanch the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and sugar snap peas until tender-crisp in plain boiling water. Drain and flush with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again.
Combine the coconut-curry sauce ingredients. Taste and adjust the sugar to your liking.
Heat a wok or wide skillet over high heat until hot. Add the canola oil, swirl to glaze the pan, then add the onions and bell pepper. Stir-fry until tender-crisp, 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and stir until hot, a few minutes more. Add the blanched vegetables and toss to mix.
Stir the sauce and add it to the pan. Bring to a simmer, tossing to combine.
Stir the cornstarch mixture to recombine and add it to the pan. Stir until the sauce turns glossy, about 10 seconds (a bit longer if you`re doubling the sauce).
Add the peanuts.
Serve with rice, noodles, or a warm loaf of bread.
Use a milder or hotter curry powder to vary the spice.
For a really saucy dish to serve over rice or noodles, double the sauce ingredients and the cornstarch mixture.

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P. F. Chang`s China Bistro Firecracker Shrimp Recipe
2 tablespoons canola oil
8 ounces 36-40 shrimp
7 baby carrots, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup water chestnut slices
24 snow peas
1 large scallion – white part – 1/4-inch minced
1 large garlic clove, chopped fine
2 tablespoons sherry
1 tablespoon sambal chili paste
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 teaspoons ground bean sauce
Cilantro (for garnish)
***Cornstarch slurry***
1 teaspoon cornstarch
blended with
1 ounce water
***Sauce***
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 ounces water
2 teaspoons white vinegar
Assemble sauce ingredients and put aside. Heat a large saute pan, cast iron skillet, or electric wok until smoking. Add oil and baby carrots, saute until the color of carrots brightens. Add shrimp and stir fry until about half way cooked. Add water chestnuts, snow peas and garlic. Saute briefly. Add scallions. Add chili paste, ground white pepper, ground bean sauce, when you smell the “nuttiness: of the ground bean sauce, reduce heat and add sherry. Introduce sauce mixture, let boil briefly. Add cornstarch slurry and stir until thickened (approximately 30 seconds). Serve with steamed rice on platter or in large bowl, garnish with cilantro.