Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Gluten-Free Dining At Chinese Restaurants
0

11 posts in this topic

Hello everyone! I'm new to this website. Recently diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, I'm still new to dining out. I've stayed away from Chinese restaurants but its supposed to rain this Friday so my boyfriend wants to have a movie marathon complete with Chinese delivery.. I called a few Chinese restaurants and asked them specifically about their soy sauces -- I found one that does have gluten-free soy sauce. I know that if it came down to it, I could have steamed veggies and rice, but what else is gluten free? Has anyone tried mei fun? I heard that the noodles are rice based so would those be okay? How about fried rices? Any help would be much appreciated, thank you!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Hello everyone! I'm new to this website. Recently diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, I'm still new to dining out. I've stayed away from Chinese restaurants but its supposed to rain this Friday so my boyfriend wants to have a movie marathon complete with Chinese delivery.. I called a few Chinese restaurants and asked them specifically about their soy sauces -- I found one that does have gluten-free soy sauce. I know that if it came down to it, I could have steamed veggies and rice, but what else is gluten free? Has anyone tried mei fun? I heard that the noodles are rice based so would those be okay? How about fried rices? Any help would be much appreciated, thank you!

The problem with Chinese food is you have to have them use a dedicated wok to cook your food in or you risk getting sick from cc. I only know of a couple of Chinese restaurants that boast a dedicated wok.....that is not the norm. It is not all about finding out what is gluten-free...you have to be concerned about what they cook it in. I gave up on Chinese food when I was diagnosed because of this issue and the one place near me that does gluten-free Chinese food with a dedicated wok is PF Chang's and I don't think their food is very good.

I would stick to making your own food unless they can convince you they take enough precautions with your meal. Good luck!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't dined at a Chinese restaurant since I was diagnosed with celiac nearly nine years ago except for PF Chang's. It's too risky, in my opinion. Is there any chance that you could have Thai takeout instead? Much safer!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't dined at a Chinese restaurant since I was diagnosed with celiac nearly nine years ago except for PF Chang's. It's too risky, in my opinion. Is there any chance that you could have Thai takeout instead? Much safer!

What could you recommend at a Thai place?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I went for Thai food for the first time since diagnosis. They cooked my meal with fish sauce which is gluten free.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I recommend you make your own. I make a version of Mei Fun with chicken or pork cut into thin strips and cooked in a gluten-free chicken broth, toss in some gluten-free soy sauce, add cabbage, carrots, portobello mushrooms, sliced thin. Soak rice noodles in hot water while cooking. Add shrimp last, season with onion and garlic powders. Drain noodles and toss into mixture... Serve with lemon slices and soy sauce. Yummy!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are new to the diet and need to dine out, I would recommend buying the gluten free dining cards from:

www.triumphdining.com

They come in multi languages and it can be essential for newly diagnosed people with Celiac, dealing with foreign language restaurants. I used them and found them effective.

I understand that there are some apps that can be bought that may do the same.....but, I still like the written word and people contact :)

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are many options at a Thai restaurant, because they tend to use rice noodles. Simply tell them you can't have gluten, and they will omit any soy sauce. Otherwise, just about everything they serve is gluten free. However, if the server or chef does not understanding what you mean by gluten free, you should move on to another restaurant. So far, I haven't had that problem at Thai restaurants--they seem to get a lot of gluten-free patrons.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi, I have been gluten-free for 15 years. Mandarin Bistro in Newbury Park, CA is a great restaurant to eat at. I explained my gluten-free needs to the managers. They said anything I wanted gluten-free, if they could do it, then they would. I bring my own bottle of soy sauce. I have had great dishes there. If you are ever in the Santa Clara Area of CA, China Stix is amazing! Much of the dim sum is gluten-free. The management also told me they will make accomodations any way I need it. I never hold off going to a Chinese restaurant. I just need to come with soy sauce in hand, request a clean pan, and ask about potential gluten-free ingredients and ask for appropriate substitutes.

I have had great success at Thai and Vietnamese restaurants too. Caution: Many Vietnamese restaurants marinate their meat in soy sauce. I have not found these restaurants too accomodating. So I go to another town to eat Vietnamese.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Finding Chinese food that is gluten-free is hard!

I'm new to all this but wanted Chinese a couple days ago and had heard that PF Chang's had a gluten-free menu.

So I was really intrigued.

In a rare turn of usual biases, I was actually thankful that it was a big chain because that means that their staff is likely knowledgeable and trained on gluten-free. At mom-and-pop shops, its hit or miss.

They also have two gluten-free desert items: Flourless Chocolate dome and a Chocolate Torte Sweet Treat.

I ordered the Gluten-Free Caramel Mango Chicken.

I asked for a side of gluten-free soy sauce, and the waitress brought it out without hesitation.

You don't need to ask for a special menu. They print the gluten-free menu on the bottom half of the last page of every menu.

Here's a list of the gluten-free items available:

* gluten-free chang's chicken lettuce wraps

* gluten-free singapore street noodles

* gluten-free buddha's feast

* gluten-free vietnamese crab salad

* gluten-free egg drop soup

* gluten-free p.f.chang's fried rice

* gluten-free p.f. chang's fried rice combo

* gluten-free crab fried rice

* gluten-free spinach stir-fried with garlic

* gluten-free garlic snap peas

* gluten-free shanghai cucumbers

* gluten-free asian tomato-cucumber salad

* gluten-free chang's spicy chicken

* gluten-free mongolian beef

* gluten-free ginger chicken with broccoli

* gluten-free caramel mango chicken

* gluten-free moo goo gai pan

* gluten-free beef with broccoli

* gluten-free norwegian salmon steamed with ginger

* gluten-free shrimp with lobster sauce

* gluten-free philip's better lemon chicken

* gluten-free dali chicken

* gluten-free beef á la sichuan

* gluten-free pepper steak

* gluten-free flourless chocolate dome

* gluten-free chocolate torte sweet treat

They do have many pertinent notes written in small print at the bottom of various pages of the menu.

I was greatly fascinated by them, so I've retyped the small print here...

First they say: "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."

Another one: "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."

And: "Products containing gluten are prepared in our kitchens."

And lastly: "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 of 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)."

I hope other restaurants take note of the great gluten-free example that PF Changs is setting, and start having similarly clearly stated menus on the subject of gluten.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes. PF Chang's has the best corporate policy for gluten-free. A little secret- most things can be made gluten-free. They just put some on the menu at a time. Ask and see if there is something else you would like. Obviously, a wheat thing like a dumpling can't be made gluten-free.

Pei Wei is the fast food version of PF Chang's. they have a more limited gluten-free menu but I have always had good luck with them, too.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,099
    • Total Posts
      920,353
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • What if it were something else that glutened you?  Maybe you ate too much of a good thing?  I once (three months post dx) ate too much gluten-free fried chicken, vomited, passed out and fractured my back (osteoporosis) in the process.  Paramedics, ER doc and Cardio all thought I was having a heart attack.   No.  It was sheer gluttony and bad bones.  Not good to overload with a damaged gut.    Maybe you did get some contaminated nuts.  Afterall, anything processed is suspect.  What might be well tolerated by some, might be too much for others.  We all have our various levels of gluten intolerance.   The old 20 parts per million is just a guideline, but science does not really know (lack of funding......doe anyone really care enough to find out?)  My hubby has been gluten-free for 15 years.  When I was first diagnosed, I tried to eat the gluten-free foods that I normally gave him.   Problem was he was healed and I was not.  Things like Xanthan Gum in commercial processed gluten-free breads make me feel like I have been glutened, but it is just (and still is) an intolerance.  So no bread for me unless I make it myself using a different gum.   Too lazy, so I do without.   so, ask your doctor if you really want to know or lay off the cashews and test them again in a month using a certified gluten-free nut.  I wish this was easier!    
    • I have intolerances to a few foods now, so I was wondering about that.. I love cashews though, and a month or two ago I was eating them all the time with no problems at all. I mean, could I really have developed an intolerance to them since then? I don't know if they're made on shared lines (it didn't say on the package so I assumed they weren't), but I'll give them a call. I'm really, really sensitive to cross contamination. Even if something is just made in the same facility (but not on shared lines) it will make me sick. If that's not it, then I'm not really sure
    • Research with KP and find a celiac-savvy GI in your area ( read the biographies). and ask your PCP/GP for a referral to that specific GI (not his buddy).  Ask the GI for the rest  of the celiac panel or proceed with an endoscopy/biopsies -- 4 to six.  Keep eating gluten daily until all testing is complete.  Document and request in writing.  Do not worry about symptoms.  There are over 300 of them and some celiacs have none!   Research all that you can about celiac disease.  The University of Chicago has a great celiac website that has testing Information etc.   Poet me know how it works out.  Hope you feel better soon!  
    • I react to both wheat and barley.  I've opted to just go completely gluten free, for the sake of simplicity and my sanity.  I don't have a diagnosis of celiac disease, but I strongly suspect it.  Unfortunately, I'm not willing to endure the misery of staying on gluten long enough to pursue further testing.  I just know I need to avoid the gluten grains, so I do.  
    • I think that we have to remember that celiacs often develop intolerances due to our  damaged guts.  Our guts do not ncessarily heal either (usually adults) for  a variety of reasons even if their symptoms improve (see links below).   Nuts are just plain hard to digest.   I can not tolerate almonds, but can handle walnuts and cashews in small amounts.  I can eat peanuts too, but resort to Peanutbutter after a Glutening as it is easier to digest (maybe I have to learn to chew better!  😀)  My nut symptoms have  nothing to do with gluten as I have purchased certified gluten-free nuts and suffered with the same symptoms.  .   https://www.verywell.com/celiac-disease-when-will-your-small-intestine-recover-562341 http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/treatment/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23936873 i call the manufacturer when I suspect the manufacturer is sharing the line or if I just want to know.  I bought some Black English walnuts and called the company.  Those are the only nuts they process and they do not have any flavored nuts.   if you really want to test your theory out, buy some nuts from Nuts.com (certified gluten-free).   See if you get a reaction or ask your GI to retest your antibodies (which should be done annually anyway).   I just hate to have Planters get a bum rap when you do not really know for sure.......😥    
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,133
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Mycaringkidsmom
    Joined