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Can't Tell If I Was Glutened Or Not

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traveled with my boss today for work and he selected a japanese place for lunch...i was reluctant but went along w/ it.

Only options were sushi & bento boxes....i ordered a bento box but told the waitress i wanted plain steamed salmon and plain white rice & also gave her my allergy card. she brought an entire box with sushi, deep fried thingies, a salad w/ carrot dressing & miso soup...all i ate was the rice & salmon and didnt touch anything else. i felt uncomfortable eating there but did anyway...i felt some gurgling after the meal and am a bit bloated now but not sure if is gluten or not. should i have done things differently?

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Regardless of the gluten, you did not recieve what you ordered. I would have asked for them to send out what I ordered.

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i'm w/ roda

you did everything right and they did what they wanted

i would have sent it back.

you didn't even ask for a complicated accommodation.

the gurgling - since they didn't follow your request even w/ your allergy card, you may have had some CC - or you could have just stressed yourself out.

if it looks like you may be in this type of situation again, talk to your boss. yes, technically it's not their business what your health issues are, but if they are dragging you to lunches, you need to discuss your food limitations. your health is much more important than worrying about how your diet looks to your boss. you being healthy makes you a more productive employee - your boss should respect that

good luck

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Most Japanese cooking uses a gluten free tempura batter, so the deep fried items may have been fine. The miso soup on the other hand was probably not fine. Regardless, you probably should have sent the item back.

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Most Japanese cooking uses a gluten free tempura batter, so the deep fried items may have been fine.

really? what do they use?

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Jason, you did everything right but the restaurant didn't. Next time send it back and say it has to be very plain due to allergies. You don't have to go into specifics.

Most Japanese cooking uses a gluten free tempura batter, so the deep fried items may have been fine.

I don't think this is correct, at least in my area. Tempura, one of my fave foods pre-gluten-free, was the reason I started looking into gluten as being an issue. Tempura kills me. I'm talking bathroom olympics, vomiting, passing out, days in bed feeling dragged behind a bus kind of reaction. The batter is wheat based and the crunchy coating is often panko which are bread crumbs. Oh how I miss panko!

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have to say i agree w/ kayo - every tempura recipe i have ever seen uses flour mad.gif

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TRUE japanese uses rice flour (gluten-free). But I am not in Japan so alas I must look longingly from afar.

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I'm not sure I understand why you didn't suggest another restaurant. Obviously you don't want to go into details about your health but "I have food allergies and tend to get sick at Japanese restaurants. Can we eat at restaurant X down the street, please?" should be fine. I actually seek out good Japanese restaurants with sushi bars when I travel. I find sushi one of the easiest ways to get naturally gluten-free food.

If you order only rice and fish and make it clear that you don't want anything else, send the order back if gluten containing food shows up arranged in such a way that it cross-contaminates your food.

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Jason, you did everything right but the restaurant didn't. Next time send it back and say it has to be very plain due to allergies. You don't have to go into specifics.

I don't think this is correct, at least in my area. Tempura, one of my fave foods pre-gluten-free, was the reason I started looking into gluten as being an issue. Tempura kills me. I'm talking bathroom olympics, vomiting, passing out, days in bed feeling dragged behind a bus kind of reaction. The batter is wheat based and the crunchy coating is often panko which are bread crumbs. Oh how I miss panko!

True Japanese tempura batter contains no gluten whatsoever. I wouldn't have bothered eating at a restaurant that used wheat flour in their tempura......pre or post diagnosis! Panko is also generally not used in tempura batter, it is reserved for items like tonkatsu.

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