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Possibly heading to China...what to eat?

Just a short note and request for suggestions; I've heard to stay away from brown sauces (could contain soy sauce), but that the 'white sauce' is ok. Other than certain dim sum...I'm guessing the steamed rice noodle wrapped shrimp dumplings
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(not the more yellow (flour) noodle wrapped shu mai) and egg 'pancakes' with peas and sausage. (no bread)  Is anyone familiar with either eating in China, or of types of food I would be able to find?  Are they big on grilled meats? 

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Julia Marie

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13 Dec 2007 9:42:39 PM PST
I just took a trip to China a couple months ago,as did my daughter. Both of us who have digestive issues(possibly Celiac) felt great while there and had no diarrhea issues which is common on our American diets. No grilled meats that I was aware of. Lots of rice seafood, vegetables, no bread but did have dumplings. Enjoyed the food very much. However haven't had Chinese food since home the last 2 months...3xday for 3 weeks was enough for awhile I guess! Have a great time.

Carol Frilegh

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21 Dec 2007 4:39:25 AM PST
Cornstarch is often used in oriental cooking. It creates that glazed an thick quality in sauces. Try to order steamed foods.


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23 Dec 2007 2:30:22 PM PST
I'm a celiac, I just got back from living in Beijing for 3 months. I can speak Chinese and I still got glutened many times!

Things that are always safe to eat - tomatoes with eggs. Hot bok choy or broccoli is always safe - you can get it clear steamed or made with garlic and ginger (delicious - called 'suan rong'). Chicken with cashews (gongbao jiding) usually doesn't have soy sauce in it, but you should check. If you go to other kinds of restaurants while you're there, Korean ban fan is good - it's like a whole meal in a bowl. Sushi is fine - sometimes fake crab meat has gluten in it, but I was fine - as long as there's no tempura in it. I had to stay away from anything deep-fried - they fry it in the same oil as things with flour, and it gave me problems.

Almost all the restaurants have picture menus with universally horrible translations. Unlike Chinese restaurants in America, they don't use soy sauce in every single dish, usually just a spicy sauce, so it's better in that respect. Maybe this is obvious, but brown sauces are made with soy sauce, that's why celiacs can't have them, b/c there's usually flour in it.

BTW, I personally never encountered the dishes you mention on your post (could just be a Beijing thing?).

Good luck, I hope this helps, if you have any more questions you can ask me (or someone else, because it's probably different in every region.) Oh yeah, in the North they eat lots of wheat-based products, in the South, they're more into rice. I lived in the North :(



said this on
19 Jul 2010 1:10:51 PM PST
Margie my daughter is going to Beijing with the school and I am worried about breakfast for her. She is a true celiac so could have issues.


said this on
24 Sep 2013 2:26:04 PM PST
I was in China a few years ago and errored on the side of caution when it came to food. I didn't loose any weight but also didn't eat anything that I didn't know what was in it. Our Chinese friends that we spent time with at the start of our vacation had lived with us in Canada so knew what I could not eat, they were a great help. I also had a printout from the celiac travel site. Good luck.

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