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Can You Eat At Thai Or Chinese Reataurants At All?

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There are some things you can have at some chinese places, and thai is even easier, but it takes some time to learn and navigate. Thai has plenty of curries and noodle dishes made with rice noodles; you need to check on sauces, of course, but have good odds of finding things. At Chinese, some of the white sauces are fine, though I have had bad luck with language barriers, and often end up just going with steamed shrimp and vegetables.


Tiffany aka "Have I Mentioned Chocolate Lately?"

Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy

G.F. - September 2003; C.F. - July 2004

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Bellevue, WA

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I can second tarnalberry's recommendations on Thai restaurants. Curries with white or brown steamed rice are almost always safe, and I love curry, so I don't usually go any further. But many places will also tell you that their noodle dishes are made with rice noodles. I'd also recommend Mongolian Barbecue which gives you a choice of sauces, and are often willing to prepare your dinner in a separate wok. If you skip the soy or brown sauces and choose rice wine, ginger, or oil you should be OK.


DVT since 1991

lactose intolerant since 1993

celiac dx 2-05 by biopsy of small intestine

gluten-free since 3-05

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I was in love with Thai food before going gluten-free, but the diagnosis sealed the deal. Chinese makes me very nervous though because of the excessive use of soy sauce.


Courtney - 25

Columbia, SC

Gluten-free since July 8, 2006

Casein-free since October 16, 2006

Went six weeks, and fell back into a deliciously painful world of cheese.

Casein-free (again and for serious this time) December 11, 2006

Stupid cheese addiction....2/07

Dx Hypothyroid in 1993

Dx Gluten & Casein Sensitive through Enterolab 10/06

Dx Adrenal *Exhaustion* 2/07

Originally from WI, I am still in denial over my newfound casein intolerance. I fear I will not be allowed back into the state if I can no longer eat cheese and drink milk. This could pose some trouble over holidays when I wish to visit my family. It also poses a problem involving the severe rage I feel when I have to throw away somebody's unfinished cheese sticks. That is so wrong.

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My ex-fave Chinese place guy went over my Chinese gluten-free dining card and started marking out everything I could not eat on their take out menu. When he was finished only white rice and some chicken dish made with a nasty white sauce was gluten free. Even the soup contains soy sauce (I make my own at home now) so we either have Chinese food at home or we go to PF Changs (very rarely).


Dx'd with anemia - March 2005

Positive blood tests - Sept. 2005

Positive biopsy - Jan. 2006

Gluten free since 1-23-06

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My ex-fave Chinese place guy went over my Chinese gluten-free dining card and started marking out everything I could not eat on their take out menu. When he was finished only white rice and some chicken dish made with a nasty white sauce was gluten free. Even the soup contains soy sauce (I make my own at home now) so we either have Chinese food at home or we go to PF Changs (very rarely).

I work at PF Chang's and the gluten-free menu is top notch. They can also do gluten free fried rice. Chang's is a little pricey, but it's some of the best gluten-free dining available in my opinion. I eat there after my shifts often.

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I think it's a bit like any resteraunt - if you can be confident that they understand the issues, and will work with you, then you can be OK (I appreciate that's a big 'if'!). I'm really lucky in that the manager at our Chinese is very helpful. He will get his chef to make any dish for me (within reason!) with just salt and garlic - no other spices or soy sauce. So it might not taste really chinese, but at least I can eat out :)


Susie from Coventry, UK

IBS & GERD 2000

Screened for coeliac disease as sister has it - negative blood test

Nov 2005 positive blood tests

January 2006 dx by biopsy

gluten-free and dairy lite since then

I am also neutropenic, anaemic and have hypothyroidism

Feb 08: free protein S deficiency; candida overgrowth; adrenal exhaustion

'My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.' 2 Corinthians 12

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I've heard everywhere that curries at Thai restaurants are ok, so my first Thai dining out experience after being dx I showed the manager my Triumph dining card (the one in Thai language) and he said curry dish would be ok so that's what I ordered (the panang curry (red curry) with white rice); I was soooooo sick afterwards! It also came with that coconut milk soup which I ate thinking what could be in that? Does anyone know what could have gone wrong?

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Packaged curry can contain wheat. Fish sauce can also have wheat in it, not ALL fish sauce is safe. I love Thai food, but I always have my dining card when i go. www.triumphdining.com My issue with Thai is I'm also allergic to egg, which they put in everything and I often forget to ask for no egg. I love Rad Nai with Spicy Mint, I have them make it without soy sauce or fish sauce, and use garlic and oil. So yummy. Spicy though.

I don't eat chinese unless I'm at PF Changs, cause I always end up just having steamed vegetables. I can do that at home and make it taste better.

Elonwy

I wanted to add also, it depends on how the restaurant orders thier supplies. Say they order from a standard restaurant supply place, they get all the same stuff as everyone else, and its usually in bulk and somewhat pre-packaged, so you're not neccesarily dealing with authentic Thai stuff ( anyone notice how almost all restaurants use Kikkoman?) Then you have smaller more authentic places that are ordering from local markets or from suppliers that are bringing in things directly from Thailand. In the case of one restaurant in Hawaii that I love, the owners wife is Thai, and all thier stuff comes directly from Thailand, and almost everything they use is gluten free, at least sauce and spice wise. So, as with everything, there is no "All curries are safe" or "All fish sauce is safe", cause it all depends on what they are buying and from where. I always ask if the curry is from a mix or just a straight spice, I always ask that the card be taken back to the chef. More often than not they whip up a special dish for me, and I end up a loyal customer cause they take care of me.


Positive Bloodwork 7/8/05

Inconclusive Biopsy 7/20/05

gluten-free since 7/23/05

Never felt better.

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Fish sauce can have wheat in it, or so I've heard. But good brands don't have it. I'm not a person who gets REAL sick if I eat wheat so I can't say what might have gone wrong. The coconut soup should be ok, but it does have fish sauce in it. I make Thai food at home and I LOVE that coconut soup. I like to go to asian stores and buy stuff but a lot of times I can't really read the ingredients!

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best bet - find a good local place, take your Triumph Dining card and your own bottle of Tamari. That's what I do. I've done it three or four times. Only once did I immediately get very gassy and that was the time I gave them LaChoy to use.

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Thai food yum!!! I went out for Thai last week for a work lunch party. Pad Thai is generally safe as are the curries! Ymmm. Stay away from dishes with bean sauce- they have soy sauce in them. The spring rolls (non fried, cold in rice wrappers) are delish too.

When DH and I get chinese takeout I order off the "diet menu"- steamed chicken and broccoli. I have my own tamari or peanut sauce that I add at home to get that real chinese food taste.


Marcia-

Diagnosed Celiac based on equivocal results on blood seriology tests, did not have a biopsy due to already eating gluten free (I didn't know any better at the time to keep eating gluten until all tests could be done).

Diagnosis came 3 months after the birth of my first child at age 31 (I believe childbirth was my trigger).

Gluten Free since 8/06

Genetic testing revealed:

I have one copy of DQ2 (DQA1 05/DQB1 02)

Son- 3 years old, so far not showing any signs of digestive issues and does eat gluten- fingers crossed!

Second baby born after I have been gluten free for 2 1/2 years- a healthy boy weighing in at 9 pounds at birth!

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Help! I'm going for Chinese on New Year's Eve! I'm new to this, only been gluten-free for about 2 weeks now. Am I basically stuck with steamed chicken, rice and veggies??

This is the place I'm going to: http://www.jumboseafoodrestaurant.com/

Thanks for any help and suggestions!!

jen


Gluten-Free December 2006-February 2007, then told ok to stop. Now here I am again, Gluten-Free since April 2008.

I did it! I ran my first Half Marathon at Disney on 1/6/07 for the Arthritis Foundation!

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I have only eaten at 2 Chinese/Thai restaurants since going gluten-free...both have gluten-free menus. One is PF CHangs (ate there last night), the other is Molly Woos (a Cameron Mitchell restaurant....they all have gluten-free menus!).

I don't know that I would try to navigate any other restaurant, but I also have an issue with soy, so even the gluten-free soy sauce is an issue for me.


Kim

"Life isn't about how to survive the storm

but how to dance in the rain."

Positive bloodwork 1/9/06

gluten-free since 1/12/06

Very positive dietary response

DS (12 years old)

Biopsy 7/7/06 ~ Diagnosed Celiac 7/12/2006

gluten-free since 7/15/2006

DD (almost 6)

HLA-DQ2 positive

Celiac Bloodwork negative 2 different times

Still eating gluten for now.

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My favourite Thai restaurant has been good since being dx as Celiac. I just asked, and the told me what was OK and what wasn't. Some of my fave dishes are off the menu now :( but some of the others are OK too.


Diagnosed May 2006 - Hashimotos Thyroid after being diagnosed in 1977 and told it didn't matter.

Diagnosed June 2006 with adrenal insufficiency.

Diagnosed June 2006 as Gluten Intolerant after I failed the Challenge Diet. Negative blood test.No biopsy.

Diagnosed June 2006 as B12 low. Needed weekly injections for a year.Still have them every 2 weeks.

Trialled Dairy Free Diet and reacted positively to that challenge in January 07.

News Flash! Coeliac Genetic Testing done April 08 . DQ2 Positive !

Diagnosed July 2010 FODMAP. Limits on Fructose, lactose, polyols, fructans. NO ONION! But I can have hard cheese, butter and cream again!!!

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