Tips and Recipes for a Gluten Free Christmas
If you have coeliac disease, you might be worried about avoiding gluten at Christmas....
Whether celebrating the Lunar New Year is part of your culture or just a prompt to try a new recipe, you might be wondering what Chinese dishes you can enjoy safely this week.
This Friday, people across the world will be celebrating the Lunar New Year and ushering in the Year of the Ox. Things might be different due to the pandemic, but you can still make amazing gluten free food at home to celebrate! We've developed 4 recipe ideas and a guide to gluten free Chinese takeways below.
Dumplings are a traditional food to eat on Chinese New Year, especially in North China – many families make a big batch together to enjoy on Chinese New Year’s Eve.
Associated with wealth and good luck, it's believed that the more dumplings you eat on Chinese New Year, the more money you will make that year. It’s a good reason to fill up your plate!
Wondering what to dip your dumplings in? Try mixing chillies with rice vinegar, which is gluten free. Alternatively, tamari soy sauce is gluten free and safe for people with coeliac disease. Shop bought sweet chilli sauce may contain gluten - as always, check the label on any products to make sure they are gluten free.
Have you ever made your own noodles? In parts of China, families celebrate the Lunar New Year by making extra-long noodles by hand, called Long Life Noodles or Yi Mein. They represent longevity and good luck!
Follow our recipe to make this classic dish to a restaurant standard!
Chinese takeaways use a lot of ingredients that are unsuitable for people with coeliac disease. Finding a place that offers dedicated gluten free dishes and has an awareness of cross contamination is important. Here’s a list of dishes that can be gluten free, but always check with the restaurant or takeaway first and ask if separate fryers are used to avoid cross contamination.
Foods to avoid
Hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce and wheat noodles all contain gluten and should be avoided.
Noodles used in takeways such as egg noodles or ramen noodles contain wheat and are unsafe for coeliacs. Rice noodles are a safe alternative!
Seitan is often used to make mock meat dishes, and it is not gluten free. Tempeh can often contain grains which are not gluten free, so it's best to avoid mock meat dishes.
Fortune cookies are not gluten free, and neither is anything made with wonton wrappers.