Almost Famous Mongolian Beef

I have talked about my love of P.F. Chang’s. I could eat there everyday if I could. They have a great gluten free menu! But unfortunately I can’t eat there everyday. But I CAN make my own version of their delicious Mongolian Beef! (which is a part of their gluten free menu!)

Almost Famous Mongolian Beef 

Adapted from


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup gluten free soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • vegetable oil , for frying (about 1 cup)
  • 1 lb flank steak
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 large green onions, chopped

For the Sauce:

  1. Heat 2 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat.  Don’t get the oil too hot.
  2. Add ginger and garlic to the pan and quickly add the soy sauce and water before the garlic scorches.
  3. Dissolve the brown sugar in the sauce, then increase the heat to medium and boil the sauce for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove it from the heat.

For the Beef:

  1. Slice the flank steak against the grain into 1/4″ thick bite-size slices. Tilt the blade of your knife at about a forty five degree angle to the top of the steak so that you get wider cuts.
  2. Dip the steak pieces into the cornstarch to apply a very thin dusting to both sides of each piece of beef.  Let the beef sit for about 10 minutes so that the cornstarch sticks.
  3. As the beef sits, heat up one cup of oil in a wok (you may also use a skillet for this step as long as the beef will be mostly covered with oil). Heat the oil over medium heat until it’s nice and hot, but not smoking.
  4. Add the beef to the oil and sauté until brown. Stir the meat around a little so that it cooks evenly.  After a couple minutes, use a large slotted spoon to take the meat out and onto paper towels.
  5. Dab excess oil off meat with a paper towel and add to medium saucepan with the sauce in it.  Put the pan back on the oven over medium/low heat.  Add chopped green onions and let sauce simmer until warm.
  6. Serve over white rice or with delicious fried rice!

Even though I can make this at home, I’ll still be heading to P.F. Chang’s often!


Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.


P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

P.F. Chang's at Stamford Town Center

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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro – LOVE this restaurant!

I enjoy various kinds of foods and P.F. Chang’s is no exception. The gluten-free menu is diverse, delicious and I believe has something for all kinds of tastes. Spicy, sweet and savory, the gluten free menu at P.F. Chang’s is wonderful.

The gluten-free menu is in the regular menu so you don’t have to ask the hostess or waitress for the menu but you DO need to tell them that you will be ordering from that menu. They are very accommodating and will bring out the gluten-free soy sauce for you to create your perfect sauce. (If you haven’t been to P.F. Chang’s before what they do is bring out the soy sauce and then per your liking they add some crushed red pepper flakes or mustard depending if you would like your sauce spicy or sweet or a combination – the hostess always knows a good combination)

What I enjoy about P.F. Chang’s is that they have gluten-free soy sauce. This may seem like a small thing but P.F. Chang’s is one of the few places that serve Asian style cuisine that has gluten-free soy sauce and other sauces for their guests with allergies. I think more restaurants should have this as an option because Asian style cuisine is often taken to another taste level with the addition of soy sauce.

Their signature appetizer are the Chang’s Chicken lettuce wraps. Wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks and served with cool, crisp lettuce cups. It is and probably will be the only time I will ever eat mushrooms. A perfect pair to their lettuce wraps is the egg drop soup – a classic and simply soup that goes well with any meal.

I love spicy food and the gluten-free menu at P.F. Chang’s offers various spicy dishes that will please the heat thrill seeker in all of us. The pepper steak is great and so is their spicy chicken. For those not so on the wild side, the Singapore Street Noodles may be more your speed (also a favorite of mine) and you can never go wrong with their fried rice.

Last but certainly not least is dessert. You may be thinking – oh well it’s probably ice cream or sorbet or something. Wrong. It is a flourless chocolate dome and it is one of my favorite gluten-free desserts. It is rich and creamy and served with fresh berries and raspberry sauce. If you are a chocolate lover like myself, this is a must try and trust me, it’s going to be hard to share.

I always have a great meal at P.F. Chang’s. If you enjoy Asian style dining or want to try something new – gluten-free or not – I highly recommend P.F. Chang’s


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All Gluten Free items are served on a special plate with the P.F. Chang’s logo. These menu items are either gluten free as prepared, or are modified to be gluten free.

The following ingredients are used in P.F. Chang’s gluten free sauces: chicken broth, oyster sauce, rice wine, sugar, water, wheat free soy sauce and white pepper. The marinades for beef, pork, chicken, shrimp and scallops are gluten free and contain cornstarch. The soy sauce on the table is not gluten free. Please ask your server for our gluten free soy sauce.

Products containing gluten are prepared in our kitchens.

Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy. Additionally, if a person in your party has a special dietary need (e.g., gluten intolerance), please inform your server at the beginning or your visit. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please be aware that our restaurants use ingredients that contain all the major FDA allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, soy and wheat).