chinese restuarants. Steamed veggies + rice ok? DD PA

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 2:17am
My2girls's picture
Joined: 04/12/2007 - 09:00

not for now-but when she older and starts to go out with friends....i searched and couldn't find this answer..
she is only PA and assuming she won't grow out of it--are chinese food places totally OFF limits?

her only reaction was red eyes but tested pos on skin test and .46 blood test-she she is-but we can touch her with nutty hands and she is ok...also-airborn is ok, too....

so in that case-can she eat plain food at a chinese restuarant? thanks

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 2:39am
kandomom's picture
Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

Depends how you are (eventually feel about) regarding cross contamination issues. Often in Chinese restaurants there can be a language barrier. Therefore, the wait staff/manager/chef might not exactly understand your concerns regarding cross contamination.
Heat processes peanut oil is 'supposed' to be OK for PA people. However, many avoid anyway and some are OK consuming it.
It really will depend on the place- is it some place you dine often (rather than a never before been to place) and they 'know' you, you can understand each other? Are peanuts on the menu?
Much of the learning on this journey is so very personal. What works for one might not work for another.
We have dined at PF Changs w/ PA DD and all went well.
Your DD is young- so don't worry about her dining w/ friends when she is older in restaurants- since this is many years away for you. A lot can change between now and then.

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 2:46am
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Here is a link (I hope) to another thread showing recent research on peanut allergy deaths. According to the table in the article, 2 of the deaths are due to Chinese food, 2 to egg rolls, and 1 to a Thai dish.

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 2:48am
Kathy L.'s picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

I would just avoid completely. There are a few people here who are lucky enough to have Chinese food places near them that they trust, but I do not. Talk about cross-contamination! Once I accidentally ordered Kung Pao chicken (at work, I'm not allergic), and it had peanuts all on top of it. I gave it to someone else. And there is typically peanut butter in Chinese sesame noodles. It got me thinking about all the pans, utensils, etc. that are contaminated.
But - you'd be setting a precedent. Your extended family may give your child Chinese food because you do. What if they make the wrong choice? And when he/she gets older and goes out with friends, will she order Chinese because she's always had it, even if it's just steamed vegetables? I don't want to scare you, but there was a death attributed to a Chinese restaurant that a teenage girl went to with her friends and, it's a guess, didn't want to create a fuss in front of her friends. If I recall, she didn't have her epi with her either. My daughter is almost 12, and since day one we've been grooming her to make her own choices one day. This is just my opinion, but it's not worth the risk.

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 12:00am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

I raised the thread on the fatalities study under Research. A pretty high percentage were from Chinese food. It is a high-risk thing to eat with PA. Just because something is supposed to be plain doesn't mean it won't accidentally get mixed together. I know there's also a story somewhere here about a British woman who had an allergic reaction from Chinese takeout even though she'd told them about her allergy, because her food was next to a peanut-sauced food and must have come in contact with it. She lived, and she was angry that the food had made her sick.
There is an occasional Chinese restaurant that is very educated on food allergies. Some people like P.F. Chang's for that reason, but it sounds like locations vary in how well they handle it. I know I've heard of a couple of other upscale ones around the country. But your average place, you just can't be sure that there won't be just a little peanut in your supposedly non-peanut dish.

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 12:07am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Since PA diagnosis, Chinese Food has been off-limits to us. I do know that there is a "peanut free" Chinese Food restaurant in my city (Toronto) but I haven't gone there yet.
What I do, every once in awhile, is scan a take-out menu from a Chinese Food place and if I see peanuts on the ingredient list of ANY dish, that's enough to maintain why we don't go.
Personally, just for my family, I would be too worried about cross-contamination.
Only very recently have I had Chinese Food while out with my son (in a food court). There aren't any peanut dishes at the place where I get it, but I still wouldn't let him have any (if that makes any sense). At best/worst, I figure I'm eating a "may contain" in front of him (which I've only started to do recently).
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