Are you new to a vegan diet and want to know what you can get at PF Chang’s?
Well, the good news is that PF Chang’s is a casual Asian and American themed restaurant, so it specializes in American Chinese cuisine, as well as many other Asian dishes.
If you’re not familiar with Asian cuisine, there are various recipes that consist of a mixture of vegetables, soy, and meat-based alternatives like tofu and tempeh. Plus, they’re very creative in using vegetables and sauces to create dishes with a tremendous amount of flavor.
However, this doesn’t change the fact that animal-based ingredients are also heavily used in Asian cuisine, including soups.
That said, if you’re close to one of their 208 restaurants in the United States, then you’re in for a treat because they have some delicious options for you! Yet, keep in mind that their restaurants aren’t always open to people so you might have to order the food online.
That’s also a viable option because you can easily customize your plate via this screen:
On this same screen, you can choose to add or remove certain ingredients, and even select a potential allergy you may have. You can also “customize” the taste by selecting one of the options they may have available (i.e: spicy vs mild vs sauce on the side).
Let’s look at some of the vegan options they have on the menu.
Vegan Options At PF Chang’s
To figure out which options they have, I’m using the menu they have available to order the food online — so every option I’ll mention will be derived from there.
At the same time, there’s one important detail to consider — you can ask them to change meat for tofu in some of the dishes where animal protein is a removable ingredient.
With that in mind, you have to also consider the possibility that their menu may change over time, and not all of these options may be available at your location.
Here are some of their amazing vegan options:
Ma Po Tofu
Ma Po Tofu is a popular Chinese dish from the Sichuan Province. The classic recipe consists of silken tofu, fermented broad beans & soybeans, fermented black beans, Sichuan peppercorn, as well as animal ingredients such as ground pork or beef.
However, this version from Chang’s is one of the main entreés and is fully plant-based.
Edamame is/are essentially young soybeans and it turns out that they taste delicious when steamed and sprinkled with a bit of kosher salt!
Chilli Garlic Green Beans
These Chili Garlic Green Beans is a delicious side dish of green beans stir-fried in a spicy chili sauce with fresh garlic and Sichuan preserves.
Sichuan-Style Asparagus is a spicy, and flavorful way to enjoy asparagus.
This recipe by PF Chang’s is a combination of asparagus with red-chili paste, garlic, sliced onions, and Sichuan preserves.
Mandarin Crunch Salad
Note: Replace or remove animal-based protein options.
The Mandarin Crunch Salad is a mix of Julienned vegetables, chopped cabbage, mango, almonds, crispy rice sticks, and mandarin vinaigrette (which is orange-based).
This salad is also complemented with protein (as you can see in the image), but you can put in a request for tofu and replace the animal options.
Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps
According to PF Chang’s website, these lettuce wraps are a family secret. Still, some of the ingredients they use are tofu, green onions, mint, water chestnuts, and crispy rice sticks.
Yet another vegan-friendly option you can try out and be fascinated with. 🙂
Thai Harvest Curry
This is a very similar vegan option to the Coconut Curry Vegetables, a dish that is no longer available at PF Chang’s. The Thai Harvest Curry is a red curry broth with butternut squash, five-spice tofu, rustic vegetables, Asian mushrooms, and Fresno peppers on top.
The Buddha’s Feast is a combination of five-spice tofu, asparagus, shiitakes, broccoli, carrots, and savory sauce in a single bowl. This dish is best eaten with white, brown, or fried rice.
The Stir-Fried Eggplant dish features Chinese eggplant cooked in a sweet chili soy glaze with green onions and garlic. It’s the second of the two main vegan entreés on the menu.
Note: Replace or remove animal-based protein options.
The recipe is actually called “Chicken Pad Thai”, and is comprised of rice noodles, tofu, green onions, crushed peanuts, and Thai spices. However, you can easily make it vegan by removing one of the optional animal protein options.
Keep in mind that you can also convert some original meat-based dishes into vegan dishes by removing or replacing animal ingredients.
Examples of dishes where you can do this include:
- Almost every lunch bowl (perhaps with the exception of the Crispy Honey Chicken Bowl)
- Some of the dishes on the Kid’s Menus the meat can be easily swapped for tofu.
PF Chang’s also has a list of interesting beverages that include:
- House-Made Ginger Beer (juiced ginger root, lemon juice, and pure cane sugar)
- Chang’s Coconut Cooler (coconut milk, coconut water, pure cane sugar, and nutmeg)
- Strawberry Cucumber Limeade (strawberries, cucumbers, lime juice, and pure cane sugar)
- Pomegranate Lemonade (lemonade, pomegranate juice, and pomegranate seeds)
- Peach Boba Breeze (black tea, popping boba pearls, peach, and lemon juice)
- Lime Soda (Lime juice, orange blossom honey water, citrus syrup, and Q Club Soda)
- Salted Caramel Cold Brew (Starbucks Cold Brew coffee, and *salted caramel)
Aside from these beverages, you can also find drinks such as Vitamin Water, Odwalla Lemonade, Odwalla Strawberry Lemonade, Black Iced Tea, Mango Iced Tea, and Sweet Tea.
And of course, you can also ask for a regular soft drink.
*While salted caramel can be vegan, that is often reliant on the manufacturer that creates the salted caramel flavor (or syrup). In this case, we don’t know what ingredients the salted caramel flavor contains, as such we can’t say for sure that the Salted Caramel Cold Brew is vegan.
Although PF Chang’s isn’t a vegan restaurant, they have a lot of options for vegans to be happy about. You have side dishes, main entreés, and even slightly more complex dishes such as the Thai Harvest Curry. Awkwardly, however, I didn’t find any vegan soups.
However, keep in mind that a lot of these dishes contain soy-based ingredients, so if you don’t like soy or are soy-intolerant, this is probably not the restaurant for you.
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