2016 marks the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar. Starting on February 8, the Chinese celebration of the New Year begins. P.F. Chang’s is marking the Year of the Monkey with a selection of limited menu offerings. Each of these special dishes reflects characteristics from the Year of the Monkey.
The P.F Chang’s celebratory menu includes the following dishes: butternut squash dumplings, Sichuan chili garlic chicken, long life noodles and prawns, Hong Kong style sea bass, Mandarin cake and monkey mule. Each of these dishes symbolizes the luck of the New Year. Guests can enjoy one of the special menu items or all of them to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.
To start the meal, the butternut squash dumplings offer a delightful combination of sweet and savory. The butternut squash is slightly sweet without becoming overly cloying. The umami butter sauce is the highlight of the dish. Enhancing the umami flavor essential to Asian cuisine, the sauce balances the sweetness of the butternut squash. The appetizer is a lovely way to awaken the palate for the celebratory meal.
For entrees, a personal favorite was the long life noodles and prawns. This entrée is another example of balancing sweet and umami. The lightly battered, fried garlic prawns offer a slight sweet flavor to the dish. The spicy, savory egg noodles with a roasted chili peppers, preserved black beans and scallions offer a tastes that brings guests back bite after bite. Even with the delicious flavors, a whole bowl may be difficult to finish because the dish is quite filling.
To end the meal, guests shouldn’t miss the Mandarin cake. The light dessert features orange slices on top of an airy layered sponge cake. The fresh cut mint with the oranges helps to lighten the dish and add brightness to the citrus.The light, bright dessert is offers just enough sweet to end the meal without becoming overdone.
During the month of February, P.F. Chang’s is offering guests incentives to join in the Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year celebrations. When guests order the limited time Chinese New Year menu, P. F. Chang’s will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Additionally, any guest who shares their Chinese New Year wish on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, with the hashtag #PFChangswish, P.F. Chang’s will make a $1 donation as well. P.F. Chang’s has committed to giving up to $100,000 to the charity.
Since the Chinese New Year signifies new beginnings and good luck, P.F. Chang’s wants to spread the good fortune to its guests. Within the restaurant, guests will see the traditional Chinese red envelopes of Chinese New Year. These envelopes are filled with special surprises for guests. Five lucky winners from across the country will win free P.F. Chang’s for a year.
No matter which Chinese sign is your birth year, everyone can celebrate the Year of the Monkey at P.F. Chang’s this February. The good fortune and good food is a perfect reason to eat out this month at P.F. Chang’s.