Hello PF Chang’s Happy Hour!

Hello PF Chang’s Happy Hour!

Happy Friday! Today’s blog post is about a lot of happiness via PF Chang’s
happy hour specials. This popular chain restaurant’s happy hour menu is properly titled “Triple Happiness: Drinks, Dim Sum, Street Faire”



First up on the triple happiness menu is their various drink offerings. I got Auntie Chang’s Frappe. It is a refreshing and tasty alcohol free drink with pineapple and orange juice blended with bananas and strawberries and a touch of honey.


Aside from the various liquids and libations, PF Changs also has quite an extensive dim sum and street faire menu.

The crab wontons presentation was very nice. It is a pretty plate of six crispy wontons that is filled with crab meat, minced red and green bell peppers, green onions, ginger and garlic. I liked the accompanying spicy plum sauce. It’s a very sweet and sour type of dish with the crab wontons being the sweet and the plum sauce as the sour. 😉


Chang’s lettuce wraps is one of the most popular appetizer dishes at PF Changs and a best seller at their happy hour. They have a chicken version and a vegetarian version. Since it’s a Lenten Friday, the vegetarian lettuce wraps were the choice for tonight. The lettuce toppings are wok seared tofu, mushrooms, green onions and water chesnuts on top of crispy rice noodles. I was happy to see a non-meat version and liked the tofu based dish.


Another crowd favorite is their spring rolls. It’s two egg rolls filled with various vegetables and there is sweet and sour dipping sauce on the side. It’s a very traditional type of egg roll. Simple yet good.


All of the above were great but my personal favorite is the crispy green beans. The green beans are coated with a tasty tempura batter. It’s served hot and fresh. There is a slightly spicy dipping sauce that accompanies the dish. It’s like eating crispy veggie fries.


PF Chang’s Triple Happiness Happy Hour is definitely one that brought lots of happiness and plenty of smiles this Friday! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hello homemade chicken pho and chicken spring rolls! :)

Hello homemade chicken pho and chicken spring rolls! :)

Today’s culinary creation is homemade chicken pho and chicken spring rolls.

Ingredients for chicken pho: chicken, pho noodles, chicken broth, cilantro, garlic, onion

Ingredients for chicken spring rolls: chicken, cabbage, onion, carrot, green onion, vermicelli, celery

I am a big fan of pho and spring rolls and have frequented different Vietnamese restaurants around town. Today was the first attempt at home of trying to create a homemade version of some my favorite Vietnamese dishes.

First up for the pho was preparing and cooking of the chicken. Even at restaurants, I usually choose chicken over beef. Chicken tends to be leaner and not as fatty. After prep of the chicken, was was boiling the noodles. I made sure to get the pho noodles for this. I found it at a local 99 Ranch market. Once both the chicken and pho were prepared, the soup base was poured over both and the cilantro and onion were added on top.


As for the spring rolls, I wanted to have vermicelli noodles as one of the ingredients. I am a big fan of Vietnamese spring rolls with vermicelli inside. I also wanted a healthier version of egg rolls and so instead of frying these, I put them in the oven. For about 10 mins at 400F, they came out crispy and tasty. I used sweet chili sauce for the dipping sauce.


I had a lot of fun creating a homemade version of my favorite Vietnamese dishes. I know it won’t be the last time that this will be made ;).