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Gluten free food in Thailand

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Gluten free food in Thailand

We will be in Thailand (predominantly Bangkok and Koh Mak) in Dec-Jan as part of an Asian holiday with our 11yr old daughter who has coeliac disease. Has anyone got any tips on gluten free food and restaurants? We are keen to eat Thai food where possible. Thank you

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1. Re: Gluten free food in Thailand

Hi,

It *will* be possible, *but* the concept of "xxx-free" foods isn't as common here as you might find in other countries.. So, be prepared to explain it before you order..

Also, do remember that it isn't uncommon for some of the food items to be already prepared in advance off-site or with pre-mixed sauces and spices that may already contain ingredients you don't want.

My suggestion is to get your "xxx-free" request written in Thai or be able to speak it to your restaurant staff.

Travel Safe,

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2. Re: Gluten free food in Thailand

The advantage in Asia is that rice is available with all meals. Choose dishes without sauces or ask for the sauce to be served separately. Then you can first look at it. I have a different allergy problem but I also have to avoid premade foods and sauces.

It is not a problem in upmarket eateries serving "slow food". In smaller places it is not so easy to get them to understand the concept.

At breakfast you can take rice with the eggs instead of bread. There are rice noodles in some dishes.

Occasionally in hotels you find flourless cakes.

Also look in a supermarket amongst the Japanese nibbles. There are quite a few rice based items one can munch in between.

You can also buy imported puffed rice cakes.

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3. Re: Gluten free food in Thailand

Wheat, rye and barley are fairly rare in Thai cuisine, although some noodles are wheat based. Barley is often added as a "chewy" in hot soy milk, but only when requested. Rye? You would really have to hunt it down.

The odds are good that you will be able to avoid gluten. Vegetarian eateries would be your most likely danger.

If you eat from stalls and carts, you can pick your ingredients and there are plenty of different rice noodle from which to choose.

There is also tons of cheap seafood!

Edited: 8:34 am, October 27, 2010
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4. Re: Gluten free food in Thailand

Googled this for travelers: http://www.celiactravel.com/

Includes this: celiactravel.com/gluten-free-cards/36-thai.h…

Edited: 8:39 am, October 27, 2010
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5. Re: Gluten free food in Thailand

Beware when choosing a gluten free inflight meal. These are usuallly dairy items. or they consist of a pile of salad leaves.

Take your own food and ask the cabin staff to warm it if necessary.

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