Thai Food and Peanut Allergy

Posted on: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 9:16am
allergenfree's picture
Joined: 07/19/2013 - 16:12

My boyfriend loves Thai food and for his birthday wants to go to a Thai restaurant. Usually, I will just avoid Thai restaurants at all costs, but I want to do something special for his birthday. Should I suggest an alternate restaurant, or do you have any tips for me if we do end up going to the Thai restaurant? I want to be safe but it is his favorite restaurant!

Posted on: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 9:34am
GBTrainwreck's picture
Joined: 04/01/2013 - 13:50

Do they have take out? Maybe you could have a nice dinner at home and you could buy food from this restaurant and something else for you as an alternative. Would that work?

Posted on: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 11:03am
daniswenson's picture
Joined: 07/16/2013 - 13:35

Thai restaurants incorporate peanuts into a lot of their food, so I'm not sure that would be the best place to go with a peanut allergy. If you both really want to go, maybe let the restaurant know before hand so that they can be extra careful to not have peanuts near you. Otherwise I would talk to your boyfriend about going somewhere else...I'm sure he'll understand!

Posted on: Tue, 07/23/2013 - 5:06am
bariatricbella's picture
Joined: 09/22/2009 - 16:44

We love Thai food and when you go in, speak with the wait staff or even as for the owner and ask them if they can accommodate. Make sure they are aware that the food must be prepared in new clean dishes not wipes off ones as oil transfer contaminates. As long as there is no communication break down in the conversation, it should be ok. We also just make the whole table peanut safe in dishes as to make sure the food doesn't get mixed up. We get the chicken satay and they don't put peanut sauce with it, they usually bring us plum sauce. Some place put the peanuts as a garnish at the end ( Pad Thai) Just make your wishes known and they will say Yah or Nah.

Posted on: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 6:39am's picture
Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

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Dear allergenfree,
Thai food is notorious for containing lots of peanuts! You are probably not going to find a Thai restaurant that is "peanut-allergy" friendly, since so many of the dishes incorporate peanuts. We highly recommend choosing an alternate restaurant or cuisine, but if you do decide to go it is essential that you take the necessary precautions.
Choosing to eat at a Thai food restaurant really depends on the severity of your allergy. If your throat will start to close up at merely the smell of peanuts, then you should DEFINITELY find an alternate restaurant.
If you do make the decision to go to a Thai restaurant you need to be very clear about your concerns. You MUST take the necessary precautions. Let them know that you have a severe, life-threatening allergy to peanuts. You should let them know about your allergy when you make a reservation and again when you go to the restaurant. Also, take Benadryl before you go and make sure to carry an EpiPen (ideally two doses).
It is clear that you want to do something fun and special for your boyfriend's birthday, however the most important thing is your safety! You're always better off safe than sorry! You want to be able to have a fun, enjoyable night, and if going to a Thai food restaurant is going to stress you out or endanger your safety, than consider making peanut-free Thai food at home or going to a different restaurant. Your boyfriend will hopefully understand!

Posted on: Sun, 07/28/2013 - 3:32am
jiffycansuckit's picture
Joined: 08/16/2012 - 11:20

Sounds too risky to me. It would be one thing if you felt 100% certain that the manager and waitstaff understood you completely. I would be very concerned about the communication breakdown due to the language barrier. If they only speak broken English, nod their head, and smile at everything you say, I would guess they really don't understand. Your life is more important than a Thai meal. Your boyfriend can go eat Thai with someone else, some other time. I'm sure he does this already. If he really loves you, he wouldn't even risk putting you in a dangerous situation. If he doesn't get it and throws a mantrum, I would dump him. He sounds pretty selfish to me. He wants to eat at the one place that could kill you? Think about that.

Posted on: Sun, 07/28/2013 - 2:27pm
lanna's picture
Joined: 11/17/2005 - 09:00

It's not worth it. If you are going to have a long relationship with your boyfriend he has to understand how you need to live. Surely you can do something else for his birthday that you both can enjoy.

Posted on: Sun, 07/28/2013 - 11:28pm
Sarah McKenzie's picture
Joined: 04/08/2013 - 07:37

There are lot of nice things you can do for/with your boyfriend other then risking your health. If you are going to have a relationship with him, he needs to understand this and be supportive of your health.

Posted on: Mon, 07/29/2013 - 7:01am
lakeswimr's picture
Joined: 02/01/2007 - 09:00

Thai restaurants are VERY high risk. I'm astounded that the reply from this board ( recommended such dangerous advice. The person who wrote that advice seems to lack understanding of the dangers of cross contamination in restaurants. People have died and had life threatening reactions from eating foods that had utensils touch their food that had previously touched peanut-containing food. There are very tragic stories of people who did things that that reply recommends. The founder of Anaphylaxis Canada lost their child because the girl used a knife that had been previously used on peanut butter and wiped clean. The knife looked clean but had enough peanut protein on it to cause anaphylaxis. I seriously question how that reply was generated and recommend highly that the person who wrote it stop writing replies until they read about food allergies from sources such as the FARE and other food allergy experts. Someone could end up having a life threatening reaction or die from following that advice and then this board could be held liable. There are many good sources for information about food allergies and this SHOULD be one of them. I'm very sad and scared to see that the administrator of this board wrote such dangerous advice.

Posted on: Mon, 07/29/2013 - 9:44pm
atohio's picture
Joined: 11/20/2002 - 09:00

You obviously don't suffer from this potentially life threatening allergy or have anyone you care about who does.

Posted on: Mon, 07/29/2013 - 9:45pm
atohio's picture
Joined: 11/20/2002 - 09:00

How about making it yourself but omitting the peanut factor? Much more personal than eating in a restaurant full of people!

Posted on: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 12:49am
lanna's picture
Joined: 11/17/2005 - 09:00

atohio, your response sounds a little curt. However, I thought the same thing. We have had enough accidental incidents that we'd never go into a danger area on purpose.

Posted on: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 6:36am's picture
Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

Thank you for your response. We definitely agree that the best option is to avoid Thai food altogether if you have a peanut allergy, and we certainly understand the life-threatening nature of peanut and other food allergies. However, there are those with peanut allergies who do make the decision to eat at Thai restaurants, which is why we gave our best advice in case they do make that decision. To reiterate, we of course believe avoiding Thai food restaurants is the best decision to make if you are concerned about safety. We believe safety should always come first!

Posted on: Tue, 07/30/2013 - 12:09pm
JoelJacobson's picture
Joined: 07/30/2013 - 19:02

Do not go into a Thai restaurant, it could kill you. Find yourself a boyfriend who cares more about you than what he wants to eat for his birthday.

Posted on: Sat, 08/03/2013 - 4:04am
MKBarcl68's picture
Joined: 08/03/2013 - 10:42

I would have to agree, I would steer clear of a Thai Restaurant and explain why. It is important that your partner fully understands that if food was contaminated, it could KILL you. Not worth the risk...and God forbid he ate something that was contaminated and went to kiss is just as dangerous!!..Steer clear for your health and safety!!!
God Bless!

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