Going Gluten-Free In A Chinese Restaurant

A lot of people happen to have no enzymes to digest gluten. If you’re the type of person who always feels bloated or gassy, or you always bite it from cramps, diarrhea, dizziness, or migraine headaches after eating gluten-laden food like bread, cereal, pasta, pizza, and pastries, you could be suffering from have celiac disease. Celiac is the most serious form of gluten sensitivity; about 1 in 100 people are affected.

There are people who have gluten sensitivity but they don’t have the long-term and ongoing damage to the villi of the small intestine that those who are biting it from celiac disease have. Consequently, they are not even aware that gluten is making them sick!

Eating out is probably one of the hardest things in the life of someone who can’t eat gluten. There are a lot of restaurants that just beg and lure us into dining in them or having some takeaway food. Chinese restaurants are always a hit. Here are guidelines when eating in a Chinese restaurant. And it’s actually one of the most challenging among the types of restaurant as almost everything has soy sauce in them. Go for ones that contain light sauces.

  • Shrimp or lobster Cantonese
  • Scrambled eggs with seafood
  • Steamed chicken and fish, without soy sauce.
  • Clear soups are safe. Hot and sour soups are a no-no.
  • Stir-fried vegetables that have garlic is safe. Be particular in telling them no soy sauce or oyster sauce.
  • Fried rice is safe if it doesn’t have soy sauce.
  • Roast duck, soy sauce chicken, and BBQ pork are typically marinated using soy sauce.
  • Sweet and sour sauce almost always has soy sauce.
  • Curries you eat in Chinese restaurant could be thickened using flour or corn starch (gluten free). Ask first.
  • Be careful with salad dressings that are made with soy sauce
  • Egg rolls, dumplings, as well as noodles have gluten, except rice noodles. But they are typically prepared using soy sauce, with the exception of those that are served in a broth.


Gluten Free Handbook