P.F. Chang’s –or– Why My Brain Hurts

I keep a restaurant blog just so Bill and I can keep track of our culinary adventures around the area. I thought this one was worth reposting here:

Appetizer: Vegetable dumplings, steamed
Bill: Ma po tofu
Kitty: Sweet and sour pork
Veggie fried rice for both
Cost: would have been about $30

Uh, no.

The decor is pretty, though a bit overdone. The waiters, though green, are attentive. But the food.

There really was nothing wrong with the dumplings. I’m allergic to large amounts of ginger (and it tastes awful to me), so I passed, but Bill enjoyed them very much. Not so with the tofu, which was too salty and had little to counteract that taste. The S&S was very fatty, and grossed me out after a few pieces. The fried rice had a smoked flavor added, and was also very greasy.

And then it hit me.

Well, he hit me. I was getting ready to pay the bill, when one of the waiters swung an empty tray and connected quite solidly my skull, just behind my left ear. I almost went down, and I’m ashamed to say I was a bit cranky with the waiter (who felt awful–I don’t really blame him). We got our meal for free, but boy howdy, we are so never going back.

Quote from the evening:

Waiter: I’m so sorry, is there anything I can do?
Kitty: Don’t hit me again. And go away.

I recovered my manners soon after, but I still feel kinda bad about the “go away”. I have a nice sore spot on the back of my head today.

Also, I’m beginning to wonder if Bill and I just don’t like Chinese food. We can’t seem to find a place downtown that we really like. We used to order delivery from Ming’s, but we made the mistake of actually eating at the restaurant once, and it put us off. I dunno, maybe it’s us.

9 Responses to P.F. Chang’s –or– Why My Brain Hurts

  1. Paul says:

    Good, and I mean, GOOD chinese is really hard to find. Plenty of people cook bad chinese.

    Do you ever do Yum Cha’s?? My kids love them – that is if you can find a GOOD one!

  2. Cat says:

    I don’t think there is a Yum Cha’s in Portland–unless you’re just talking about a place to do dim sum and tea. Sadly, all those places are in Chinatown, which has some of the worst Americanized Chinese food in Portland. I figure there *must* be one good place amongst all that dreck though–so I keep trying!

  3. christopher says:

    In the 80’s and early 90’s, Chen’s Dynasty on SW Yamhill (?) ruled Portland like an emperor. Their peanut noodles, pot stickers, and hot and sour soup were to die for.

    Now there isn’t really much of a contest in my opinion: Fong Chong in China Town serves the best dim sum I’ve ever had and I’ve had dim sum in San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver BC. Their other dishes are very good as well, but you really go to Fong Chong’s for the dim sum. House of Louie is pretty solid too.

  4. Cat says:

    I remember Chen’s Dynasty! They were *amazing*. I wonder if the chef is running another place now. Don’t care much for dim sum, sadly, but I’ll give Fong Chong’s a try.

    How long has it been since you were at House of Louie? We went there in January of this year, and we could barely finish our meal. I would say it’s some of the worst Chinese food I’ve ever had. I’ve had a helluva time getting Bill to try another Chinatown spot because of them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hope the head is ok…it’s amazing what some folk will do for a free meal 🙂

  6. Jenn says:

    I love their lettuce wraps and saketini’s, but since I have the recipes for both I can enjoy them at home without fearing that I will get clocked by an errant tray.

  7. Bill says:

    I’ve had a helluva time getting Bill to try another Chinatown spot because of them.


    But Chinatown is only five minutes’ walk from home, and home has better food and comfier seats and better music and cats and a couch where I can fall into a food coma right after I eat.

  8. Claire says:

    I haven’t been to PF Chang’s yet, heard about it for the first time the other day, not favorably. Have you tried the Republic? They have the best Broccoli Beef that I have ever had. I like to dine in the lounge with Mary, who’s been there for forty-some-odd years, but my observation of the restaraunt area on the way to the ladies room is that it seems pleasant also.

  9. chris says:

    house of louie has some authentic stuff mixed in with the americanized hogwash. fermented duck eggs!