So it’s been a while since I’ve updated, so here’s a quick lowdown on what’s been going on with my gluten free world recently!
On Friday night, my boyfriend’s Mum treated us to a Chinese take-away. Worriedly, I scoured the menu trying to find something which looked remotely gluten free. I always worry with the language barrier of some take-aways that I won’t be able to get my point across, but the people in Han Court, Barnstaple, were amazing.
They had a really good understanding of gluten, and knew I couldn’t eat soy sauce. They also checked if I could eat corn-flour and made me my own special batter for my Peppery Squid. They seemed pretty up on the contamination issue too, and though I always get an un easy feeling when I’m eating something I haven’t cooked, the food was delicious!
So here’s my top tips for ordering Chinese:
- Avoid soy sauce or ask them to use your own gluten-free one that you provide
- Avoid brown-coloured sauces which usually contain soy sauce.
- Most sauces are thickened with corn flour which is gluten free, so just double check.
- Avoid MSG which is sometimes not gluten free and generally should be avoided anyway in my opinion!
- Always opt for boiled or steamed rice as egg-fried contains soy sauce, unless they will do it especially for you.
If you do manage to bring along your own gluten free soy sauce, then Sanchi Tamari Soy Sauce is my favourite. I am yet to find a Chinese rather than Japanese soy sauce, though the difference I am exactly unsure of!
Overall, the most important factor is NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK, and definitely ENJOY!!