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Gluten free China – 5 things you must know before travellingĀ 

Gluten free China – 5 things you must know before travellingĀ 

By on Dec 4, 2016 in China, Senza categoria, Travel journal | 0 comments

Gluten free China: I’ve been to China on a business trip for 10 days in November 2016. From my direct experience, here are the 5 recommendations I would give to anyone who would ask me how to cope with a coeliac condition/ gluten intolerance. Of course, this is purely my personal experience. I am sure each one could live the same place in different ways.As a general assumption, it could sound quite challenging even if you travel in 5 stars hotels like I was lucky enough to do, but I reckon that travelling to China and other Asian countries is still worthy. 1. The awareness There is no awareness whatsoever of the coeliac disease and the gluten free intolerance. Because of the language/cultural barriers, even if you can explain your food issue some people could be very superficial and offer you food that a coeliac cannot actually have. It happened to me after visiting the Great Wall, when a waiter pointed me out a dish as something that I could have. Since I felt that was risky, I asked for plain vegetables and rice (like these mushrooms). Be wise and safe. If a food looks like dressed with something you are unsure of, just don’t have it. I was more than happy to try new stuff, but only when I felt that the waiter really understood my problem and the cross contamination risks. In that way, I had no major issues and enjoyed my gluten free China. 2. The language People can’t speak English! If you think you’ll be fine with your English skills, please don’t give anything for granted. What I suggest: get a gluten free card and print out more copies of it. Together with my passport, that card was to me the most valuable item I carried and show every single day, three times a day at least. Please find here the card I used, which explains both gluten and lactose free needs. 3. Soy sauce Since pretty much everything is cooked with soy sauce in China, be prepared to get plain rice and boiled veggies. Not the most exciting meal, after a few days! What I suggest: carry your own gluten free soy sauce or...

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