When you're coeliac eating a Chinese take-away can often be a daunting thing - but I've discovered a place which makes amazing gluten free food! And, since it was six years go that I last wrote this post, I decided to give Han Court another try and update this post. I'm pleased to report that even now (May 2016) Han Court it still producing amazing gluten free take away! Check out my original post (with updated pics) below...
On Friday night, my boyfriend's Mum treated us to a gluten free Chinese take-away. Worriedly, I scoured the menu trying to find something which looked remotely gluten free. I always worry with the language barrier of some take-aways that I won't be able to get my point across, but the people in Han Court, Fremington (near Barnstaple) were amazing.
They had a really good understanding of gluten, and knew I couldn't eat soy sauce. They also checked if I could eat corn-flour and made me my own special batter for my Peppery Squid. They seemed pretty up on the contamination issue too, and though I always get an un easy feeling when I'm eating something I haven't cooked, the food was delicious!
So here's my top tips for ordering Chinese:
- Avoid soy sauce or ask them to use your own gluten-free one that you provide
- Avoid brown-coloured sauces which usually contain soy sauce.
- Most sauces are thickened with corn flour which is gluten free, so just double check.
- Avoid MSG which is sometimes not gluten free and generally should be avoided anyway in my opinion!
- Always opt for boiled or steamed rice as egg-fried contains soy sauce, unless they will do it especially for you.
If you do manage to bring along your own gluten free soy sauce, then Sanchi Tamari Soy Sauce is my favourite. I am yet to find a Chinese rather than Japanese soy sauce, though the difference I am exactly unsure of!
Overall, the most important factor is NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK, and definitely ENJOY!!