Gluten-Free Noodles at P.F. Chang's
Judy Nichols The gluten-free Singapore Street Noodles at P.F. Chang's are served on a special white plate to denote their gluten-free status.
So, first let me say that I can't remember ever eating at P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Until this week.
Which is a bit weird since the chain's very first restaurant opened a few miles from my house, and now it has hundreds of restaurants around the world and is a go-to dine-out place for a lot of people.
But it just gave off that impersonal, nondescript, corporate chain persona to me, and I was never enticed.
Until this week.
Judy Nichols P.F. Chang's has an extensive gluten-free menu.
Well, I wasn't enticed, exactly, but summoned.
One of my co-workers loves P.F. Chang's and chose it as her birthday-lunch location.
So off we trooped, me thinking I'd get some kind of impersonal, nondescript corporate salad or something.
Imagine my shock when I was handed a menu with a large gluten-free section.
"Why, yes, I'll have the gluten-free Singapore Street Noodles," I said, my voice lilting with pleasant surprise. The menu says they're thin rice noodles served with a light curry sauce, sliced chicken breast, shrimp and fresh vegetables.
"Do you have an allergy?" the attentive waitress asked. When I responded that I did, she said she would bring me my own plate of gluten-free dipping sauces.
Okay. Okay. Schooled again. Personal, caring service from the corporate chain.
Before I could get my head around that, she leaned over my shoulder to set down my gluten-free egg-drop soup.
All right, is this some kind of sick joke?
Later, at home, I Googled and learned.