After receiving numerous requests about traveling gluten free to Asia, I’d like to share some suggestions that have helped fellow travelers feel safe eating gluten free, dairy free and even vegan while experiencing Thailand, Japan and across Asia.
Now find restaurants and food ideas when traveling to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Japan, Bali, Cambodia and more. Here is an article from Myanmar Times that features healthy gluten free and vegan options in Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Bali.
Some restaurants in China that offer gluten-free substitutions for food include: La Crêperie, Noodle Mi, K Roll, Mana!, and GreenWoods Raw Cafe.
I would also highly recommend carrying gluten free chef translation cards with you at all times to assist in communicating your dietary needs. Check out the gluten free card in Korean compliments of Seoulist Magazine.
For other Asian languages, check out these company links that provide cards in Chinese, Japanese and more for free or purchase. I would make extra copies of the translation cards because a lot of time chefs and restaurants want to keep your copy for future gluten free customers.
As an fyi, Seoulist Magazine is a Seoul South Korea-based company who published an excellent guide to gluten free traveling in Korea including traditional gluten free foods as well as those dishes which contain gluten!
Since a lot of Asian dishes are prepared using soy sauce, bring individual packets of gluten free soy sauce available from vendors such as San-J in the US. Some people like to bring multiple bottles of gluten free soy sauce too – your preference!
In addition, remember that most major cities in Asia offer a very wide range of ethnic restaurants without gluten free menus. Based on this, I recommend that you understand the ingredients, food preparation and precise questions to ask to make sure your ethnic meals are safe while traveling in Asia or around the world as detailed in our Let’s Eat Out series.
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