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    Is Pho Gluten-Free and Safe for people with Celiac Disease?

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      Pho is almost always gluten-free, as the broth, rice noodles and vegetables are usually safe for people with celiac disease. Just be sure to use gluten-free condiments.


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    Celiac.com 02/16/2021 - We get a lot of questions about various foods and dishes. One question we've seen a lot is about Phở, or Pho, as in the famous Vietnamese soup. More than a few of our readers want to know if Phở is gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease.

    The short answer is that Phở is almost always gluten-free. The broth, rice noodles and vegetables are usually safe for people with celiac disease.



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    For the uninitiated, Pho or Phở is a Vietnamese soup containing broth, rice noodles (bánh phở), herbs, and beef, called phở bò, or sometimes chicken, called phở gà. 

    Phở gà, or chicken Phở is a soup of fragrant broth, tender chicken, chewy rice noodles, and topped with aromatic herbs, vegetables, and other condiments. 

    While beef Phở is the national dish of Vietnam, both beef and chicken Phở are much loved and eaten regularly by people across Vietnam. Phở can be eaten as a snack, or as a meal, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

    We recently did a recipe for traditional Vietnamese chicken pho soup with soft-boiled egg, that is both delicious and nutritious.

    Choose Gluten-Free Condiments
    Phở is almost always served with a variety of condiments, including bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, mint sprigs, scallions, and saw-tooth leaves, bird's eye chilis, sliced jalapeño peppers, hoisin sauce (make sure it's gluten-free), Sriracha (Rooster) Sauce, and lime wedges.

    You definitely want to avoid ordering egg noodles with your Phở, and another thing to make sure of is that they do not boil the rice noodles in same pot as they do egg noodles or other things that might not be gluten-free.  

    So, the takeaway is that Phở is typically gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease. Just be careful about what gets added and how they cook it. As always, avoid any ingredients you're not sure about. 

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    I love pho! One of my favorite dishes. I've personally found that the "legit" Vietnamese places are safer bets for celiacs. The places that gear themselves toward more mainstream American tastes often use egg or other non-rice noodles.

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    On 2/23/2021 at 11:08 AM, Guest Jared in NC said:

    I love pho! One of my favorite dishes. I've personally found that the "legit" Vietnamese places are safer bets for celiacs. The places that gear themselves toward more mainstream American tastes often use egg or other non-rice noodles.

     

    yep! this is my experience with restaurants of virtually every cuisine that isn't 'American' (i.e. white western european -centric)

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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.


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