One of the most popular new restaurants in my area is P.F. Chang's, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Many people are literally raving about this place, insisting that it is "THE PLACE" to go for Chinese food.
The other day, I was looking through a single's magazine for our area. One page featured a very attractive Asian girl, including an interview.
One of the questions she was asked was: "What is your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant?"
She answered: "Mongolian Beef at P.F. Chang's."
Okay, now I was curious. I drove out there this afternoon and sampled their fabled Mongolian Beef.
It looked good enough. A very attractive platter full of bright green onions and beef. Too many Chinese restaurants ruin their Mongolian Beef by cluttering it up with a lot of superfluous ingredients, such as regular onions, mushrooms, carrots, and just about anything else.
P.F. Chang's kept their rendition of Mongolian Beef simple. For this, they deserve credit.
On the other hand, the beef was marinated to the extreme with a reddish sweet glaze. So much so that most of the beef flavor was nonexistent.
I've had some superb renditons of Mongolian Beef in my time. P.F. Chang's version was not one of them.
My overall grade of this restaurant is a "B." Above average Americanized Chinese food. But that's as far as it goes.
Fortunately, there are at least a couple of Chinese restaurants in my area that have earned a solid "A" in my book, by virtue of their authentic cuisine.
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