IF YOU’RE IN RICHMOND AND YOU LIKE CHINESE PLEASE DEAR GOD GO TO PETER CHANG’S CHINA CAFÉ IN SHORT PUMP.
Okay just had to get that out there. Seriously, this is one of my favorite (and my father’s favorite) places in Richmond. It’s located in a strip mall in Short Pump, and may not immediately be perceived as such an incredible spot to dine. But I can assure you that it’s some of the best food I’ve had here.
Peter Chang, not to be confused with P.F. Chang’s, is an award winning Szechwan chef who has collaborate on a variety of restaurants in the south. He started in the U.S. as the chef at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., and has since worked in a variety of different restaurants throughout the southeast, and has several locations of his “Peter Chang China Café.” To read more about Peter Chang, check out his story here: http://www.peterchangrestaurant.com/about.php.
From left to right, the above photos are: a beef dish I cannot find the name of but had something to do with “Grandma’s recipe” in the title, scallion pancakes (yes, they are giant bubbles and they are awesome), dry fried eggplant (possibly my favorite dish on the menu), Golden Mountain Chicken (deep fried shredded chicken with shredded carrot and green scallion in a ‘special sauce), Bamboo Fish (fried fish with cumin powder, pepper powder, green scallion and cilantro) and pork fried dumplings.
The scallion pancakes and the dry fried eggplant are a must. I really enjoyed the beef dish, but my father didn’t think it was anything that special. We thought that the Golden Mountain Chicken tasted pretty similar to General Tso’s and wasn’t something we were ecstatic about either (still delicious, just not super interesting). We loved the bamboo fish and the dumplings. One notable dish we had the last time we visited was the Boneless Whole Fish with pine nuts (in a sweet and sour sauce); definitely fun to see the whole fish plated, and we loved how it tasted as well.
I’ve been here multiple times, and have always had an amazing experience. The price points are low, the portions are huge, and the food is always incredible. Peter Chang’s should seriously be at the top everyone’s Richmond restaurant list.