Vegan Guide to P.F. Chang's: The Best Menu Options, Alternatives, and Swaps

P.F. Changs' many plant-based offerings make vegan diners feel like VIPs.

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Food images courtesy of PF Chang's. Illustration by Catherine Song.

Paul Fleming, founder of the Fleming’s Steakhouse chain, developed the P.F. Chang’s concept with restaurateur Philip Chiang (Chang). Given that steakhouse background, who would have guessed that this restaurant group would become one of the most innovative and welcoming casual dining venues for vegans? Credit it to a menu showcasing sumptuous sauces, seasonings, and creative combinations of vegetables.

Treehugger Tip

Look for the "V" on P.F. Chang's in-person and online menus; this identifies which dishes are vegan. Although not all of the menu items here are vegan, most of the meat dishes can be converted to plant-based by swapping in tofu in place of the animal protein. 

Our Top Picks

Need a quick recommendation? Check out our favorite vegan menu items—we had a lot to choose from.

Buddha’s Feast

There’s a reason why this dish is one of P.F. Chang’s most popular, even among omnivores. Savory sauce envelopes a vibrant steamed or stir-fried mix of tofu, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, and carrots. Buddha's Feast is served with a choice of steamed white or brown rice, steamed carrots, steamed snap peas, steamed broccoli, and a fruit cup.

Ma Po Tofu

This is the choice offering for spice hounds, as the kitchen will not skimp on spicy red chili sauce, which helps set the crispy silken tofu and steamed broccoli ablaze. A side of rice will help cool the palate. Pairs beautifully with a sharable order of asparagus or green beans.

Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

This dish is pure fun, shared or enjoyed as a meal. Use the lettuce leaves to scoop up the seasoned tofu, green onion, mint, water chestnuts, and crispy rice sticks. Add extra chili oil and soy sauce to get that full, satisfying flavor.

Mandarin Crunch Salad

It’s a refreshing choice for a lighter meal or a warmer day as it loses absolutely nothing when ordered without the usual chicken. The salad is loaded with julienned vegetables, chopped cabbage, mango, almonds, crispy rice sticks, and a house-made, orange-based Mandarin vinaigrette that adds a distinctive touch. 

Vegan Dim Sum & Appetizers

P.F. Changs is one of the rare fast-casual places where vegans can dine out with omnivore or vegan friends, and never have to give anything a second thought. This is thanks to the abundance of options that can be mixed, matched, shared, or enjoyed as a single dish.

  • Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps
  • Orange Ginger Edamame
  • Traditional Edamame
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Spicy Miso Soup

Treehugger Tip

If the Spice Miso Soup has too much heat, you can create a nice, light meal by ordering the miso broth with rice noodles as well as sauteed mushrooms or broccoli to add extra flavor and texture. Double-check with your location that the plain miso broth is 100% vegan.

Vegan Main Courses

These dishes are great on their own. However, if you’re very hungry, order an extra side of steamed broccoli or snap peas to add more substance.

  • Harvest Thai Chili
  • Buddha’s Feast (stir-fried or steamed)
  • Coconut Curry Vegetables
  • Ma Po Tofu
  • Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps
  • Mandarin Crunch Salad (Swap the chicken for tofu.)
  • Pad Thai (Ask about ordering extra tofu in place of animal protein.)

Vegan Lunch Bowls

Almost every lunch bowl (except the Crispy Honey Chicken Bowl) can be ordered as a vegan meal, just like the dinner-sized main course counterparts. Vegetables with or without tofu are served on a bed of brown or white rice. Make sure to order without chicken, shrimp, or beef.

  • Sesame Bowl
  • Kung Pao Bowl
  • Signature Lo Mein
  • Sweet & Sour Bowl

Vegan Sharable Sides

Order extra tofu and your choice of rice, and these options can stand on their own as a meal. Alternatively, order the eggplant, green beans and asparagus and choice of rice for your own at-the-table buffet with friends.

  • Stir-Fried Eggplant
  • Chili Garlic Green Beans
  • Sichuan Style Asparagus
  • Steamed Carrots 
  • Wok Seared Spinach with Garlic
  • White Rice, Steamed
  • Brown Rice, Steamed

Vegan Dessert

While there isn't much on the horizon for vegan desserts at P.F. Chang's, you can still order something sweet.

  • Fortune Cookie
  • Fresh Fruit 

Vegan Drinks

There are some interesting original creations alongside familiar favorites and old standbys.

  • House-Made Ginger Beer
  • Chang’s Coconut Cooler
  • Strawberry Cucumber Limeade
  • Pomegranate Lemonade
  • Peach Boba Breeze
  • Odwalla Lemonade
  • Odwalla Strawberry Lemonade
  • Black Iced Tea
  • Mango Iced Tea
  • Sweet Tea

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are there other vegan dishes available at P.F. Chang's that are not on the regular menu?

    Some previous vegan offerings have included Edamame Dumplings, Spinach Stir-Fried with Garlic, Rainbow Quinoa and Shanghai Cucumbers, and Thai Harvest Curry. Keep an eye out in case these items make a comeback.

  • Are P.F. Chang’s Lo Mein or fried rice dishes vegan?

    No. These sides include dairy and egg ingredients, and the fried rice often includes animal proteins.