Ever since I can remember, I have loved chinese food. It was a big part of my family life growing up-Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas, birthdays…either take out or eat in. One from column A, two from column B.
I never understood why instead of being hungry an hour later, I would be running to the bathroom. Not so much as a kid, but maybe for the last 15 years or so. But I loved it so much, I couldn’t imagine not eating it. I would just plan accordingly. “The clock is ticking” I would say after chinese buffet. I figured I had about 30 minutes to make it home. Or to the nearest bathroom. If my husband wanted to stop somewhere after dinner, I would look at my watch and say, “you have about 20 minutes”.
Dumplings are my absolute favorite. I could eat a whole order by myself, no problem. Fried rice, lo mein, spare ribs…..oh man, just the thought of it makes my mouth water.
Since going gluten free, no more chow fun for me.
Always up for a challenge, I again searched the web. My first attempt was egg foo young. I went crazy buying tamari-which is wheat free soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, rice noodles….everything I would need. The egg foo young came out pretty good if I say so myself. But it ain’t take out.
I did find out that PF Chang’s has a gluten free menu. I think it’s great that we have options, but it is HOT! I could not eat my pepper steak. Oh well, back to the fortune cookie.
Here are some tips if you are missing chinese:
Watch out for soy sauce, terriyaki sauce, and other premade sauces. Always check labels. If in doubt, look it up on google: _____+gluten free
You will not find gluten free chinese food in your corner chinese restaurant. Don’t even ask.
If you like Japanese sushi, watch out for imitation crab, hibachi, soy dipping sauce and terriyaki. Always let your server know you are gluten free
Start with simple recipes. Egg foo young is just scrambled eggs. Get some basic sauces. Experiment!
I found a recipe for dumplings but it is very complicated and I haven’t gotten my nerve up yet. But since I made pie crust, I think I might be ready!