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P F Chang's Frozen Shrimp Lo Mein Entree
Almost everyone has heard of P F Chang's. Beautiful atmosphere, fantastic professional service and good food.
Because of their success the company has expanded into frozen entrees.
Let me begin with this, freezing food is a tricky task. Cooked vegetables turn out soggy when heated. And to sell, the pic on the front of the packet must look appetizing however the picture is made and finally the sauce or gravy must be delicious, so delicious that you'll come back and buy again. There's alot at stake, reputation that lures potential customers and repeat buying.
Today I bought Shrimp Lo Mein. I saw on the package that bok choy (vegetables), mushroom and shrimp. To my amazement, the preparation was fairly easy, use a non stick pan, heat to med to high and contents of packet and cover for 4 minutes. That's it! Wow.
Ok, I did what the instruction said but after about 5 minutes, there was so much sauce. How can we enjoy Lo Mein with all that sauce. I guess the moisture was needed to steam and defrost the content.
I started to taste the noodles and mixed with the sauce was very very sweet. Let me say if your a diabetic, beware or stay away!. The noodles were so so made to cook quickly.? possibly? I tried looking for the bok choy, now bok choy is so inexpensive I'm surprised I couldn't find a nice piece, nor could I find any mushroom and when I did, it was so micro thinly sliced. The only vegetable was the carrots.
But for my preference I'm use to having lo mein with no sauce. Lots of veggies, mushrooms etc....
The shrimp was so tiny that there is no flavor. The sauce was used to give flavor to ingredients that didn't have flavor itself.
On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent, I give a rating of "1". P F Chang, you disappoint us. You can do better.
Chef Woo Can