Eating out is one of the most difficult tasks for anyone with a gluten intolerance. We experience a loss of control, as we can no longer verify that utensils are clean and that our meals are kept free from cross-contamination. Many celiacs would agree that Asian is one of the most difficult cuisines to accomodate when eating out. Most brands of soy sauce, especially those that are more cost-effective, usually use wheat, making us celiac weary of the Asian restaurants we visit (and as a result, force us to order the bland steamed vegetables and white rice combo).
When I was given the opportunity to visit P.F. Chang’s a few weeks ago, I took full advantage of the chance to sample some Chinese dishes that were not only delicious, but safe and free from gluten as well. My friend Estevan and I visited the Highland Village location on Westheimer Road, in Houston, Texas, and prepared to feast.
We began our meal with the restaurant’s signature appetizer, Chicken Lettuce Wraps; the appetizer was light, and I really enjoyed the crispiness of the lettuce wraps.
We ordered the following main dishes and set them out on the table pot luck style;
Crab Fried Rice and Quinoa Fried Rice
The Crab Fried Rice is one of my favorite dishes at P.F. Chang’s. I think the dish combined the various flavors of crab, bacon, lemon and Sriracha and created a subtle, but delicious overall flavor.
We also sampled the Quinoa Fried Rice, a seasonal dish that the restaurant served. I was impressed by the texture of the red quinoa, and thought that this texture, though different from that of rice, made the dish stand out. The sunny-side egg on top was not only picturesque, but mixed well with the fried rice dish overall.
Beef with Broccoli
Beef and broccoli is one of the most typical Chinese dishes, but P.F. Chang’s manages to do it best! I really enjoyed the tenderness of both the broccoli and the beef, and loved the flavors of the sauce.
We rounded off the meal with a Flourless Chocolate Dome Cake, which was one of the richest desserts I’ve ever tasted. The dark flavor of the chocolate was complemented perfectly by the richness of the berry sauce that was drizzled on the plate. If you go with this dish, definitely share it with your friend or date!
There was so much food, and thankfully, so many leftovers!! P.F. Chang’s is probably one of the best restaurants to offer gluten-free options that are not only incredibly delicious, but safe as well. The waitstaff was incredibly caring and compassionate, and eager to make sure that there was no cross-contamination. Celiacs don’t usually encounter waiters and waitresses who are so knowledgable; I was pleased to see P.F. Chang’s go above and beyond. The restaurant wasn’t simply providing a good gluten-free meal. Instead, they were fostering a comfortable and thrilling dining experience. I’m excited to revisit this restaurant soon and try some more of their menu items! Check it out and comment below if you’ve experienced the delicious gluten-free options at P.F. Chang’s.