P.F. Chang’s Encourages Sharing with their Dairy-Free Options

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Asian food might seem obvious for dairy-free diners, but P.F. Chang’s is a different beast. They actually use milk in a lot of surprising places. However, they are also known for their allergy-friendly practices. They have staff trained in allergen protocols, they serve gluten-fee orders on separate plates, and they can quickly offer guidance on 15 different food allergens. And their food is made from scratch to order, so they can easily provide substitutions or make cooking modifications on request. But to help get you started, we’ve gathered the dairy-free menu items at P.F. Chang’s below, and included the gluten-free options.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for P.F. Chang's with Gluten-Free options

Dairy-Free Menu Guide to P.F. Chang’s

Although many of their menu items surprisingly contain dairy, P.F. Chang’s has one very cool thing that you don’t find at many restaurants. Many of their happy hour items are actually dairy-free. We’ve enjoyed them at some typically expensive venues, like their Las Vegas and Hawaii locations, and just when we wanted a casual night out. But here is a quick list of all the dairy-free menu items at our time of review.

Shareables

  • Edamame with Kosher Salt
  • Chang’s BBQ Spare Ribs
  • Rick’s Northern-Style Spare Ribs
  • Crispy Green Beans
  • Dynamite Shrimp
  • Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Gluten-Free Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Chili Garlic Green Beans

Note: The Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts and the Calamari do contain milk.

Soup & Salad

  • Gluten-Free Egg Drop Soup

Note: All of their soups on the main menu (including the non-gluten-free egg drop, hot and sour, wonton, and their ramens) are listed as containing milk. It might be in the soup base. Their salads are also listed as containing milk, but they might be able to customize a salad for you. All of the salad protein options (salmon, chicken, and shrimp) are listed as milk-free.

Dim Sum

  • Steamed Handmade Pork Dumplings
  • Steamed Handmade Shrimp Dumplings

Note: The deep-fried items and pan-fried items are listed as off-limits for dairy-free diners. We’re not sure if this is due to potential cross-contamination or actual ingredients.

Sushi

  • California Roll
  • Spicy Tuna Roll

Entrees

  • Crispy Honey Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Buddha’s Feast (Stir-Fried or Steamed)
  • Stir-Fried Eggplant
  • Crispy Honey Shrimp

Noodles & Rice

  • Pad Thai Shrimp
  • Pad Thai Chicken
  • Pad Thai Combo
  • Gluten-Free Pad Thai Shrimp
  • Gluten-Free Pad Thai Chicken
  • Gluten-Free Pad Thai Combo
  • Gluten-Free Singapore Street Noodles
  • Steamed White Rice
  • Steamed Brown Rice

Lunch Rice Bowls

  • Chang’s Honey Chicken Bowl

Kid’s Menu

  • Kids Honey Chicken
  • Kids Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Baby Buddha’s Feast (Steamed or Stir Fried)
  • Gluten-Free Baby Buddha’s Feast
  • Steamed Snap Peas
  • Steamed Carrots
  • Kids Fruit Cup
  • Kids Steamed Broccoli

More Allergen Notes

For gluten-free diners, P.F. Chang’s provides gluten-free soy sauce on request, and their gluten-free menu is readily available. But the gluten-free items listed above are the ones that are also dairy-free.

This Post is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for P.F. Chang's with Gluten-Free options

Where to Find P.F. Chang’s

They have locations in 40 U.S. states. See the website below for their addresses, hours, contact information, and allergen menu matrix (in the nutrition section).

Website: www.pfchangs.com

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

2 Comments

  1. Stephanie Jensen on

    I only haven’t had the opportunity to back there since finding out about my allergy. I should go back. I have seen the same courteous behavior when I have been there with someone else with a gluten allergy. My husband called them when I thought that we would go there, and they e-mailed an allergen menu.

  2. Going to pf changs was my first dining out dairy free adventure! Not only was the staff courteous, funny, and accommodating, but when I asked about dairy free items, the manager provided me with a separate menu and assured me that they use different plates and serving items for allergy issues. Definitely will return! And don’t be shy to ask!