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HowdySunshine

Member Since 16 Dec 2012
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In Topic: Gluten-Free Dining At Chinese Restaurants

16 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

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.

In Topic: Kudos To Red Robin - Redmond, Wa

16 December 2012 - 10:48 AM

Thank you for this post! Based on it, I'll try Red Robin today. Looking forward to that gluten free bun!

In Topic: Diagnostic Testing History - Do You Think Its Celiac?

16 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

Have you had any Celiac blood tests? They are doing so much else, you would think that would be easy enough do do! :blink:


I have had the IGg and IGa done twice over the past 10 years. Only this result was notable:

*** Age 24 - Out-of-range gliadin AB IGG moderate positive. Perhaps this reading is because Celiac has caused inflammation in the tissues of the small colon.

In Topic: Domino's "Gluten Free" Crust

16 December 2012 - 10:41 AM

I concur with you PricklyPear. This is marketing targeted at the casual gluten free diet fad crowd. A serious celiac wouldn't be able to make use of this until they had dedicated equipment to make the gluten free pizzas on. Possibility of cross contamination is just too high.

In Topic: Burgers And Fajitas

16 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

Hi RedRaider,

I am in the same boat. About a week ago I started on the gluten free diet because of those symptoms.

I've learned so far that you need to be *SURGICALLY* clean about avoiding gluten. Even a crumb of bread will have a reaction.

It makes for dining at a burger place difficult. I guess you could ask them to change their gloves before making your burger, but cross-contamination in that environment seems likely.