Hong Kong

Posted on: Thu, 05/02/2002 - 4:08pm
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pI am a 20 year old student with a PA,who has found a work exchange opportunity in Hong Kong for the summer./p
pI am worried about the widespread use of peanuts there. I will be staying in student residences at a university and have access to my own cookies facilities but I am still concerned about the availability of peanut-free foods in supermarkets and if there are any restaurants that offer peanut-free menus./p
pIs there someone with a PA that has been to Hong Kong that can give me some help?/p
pAny information you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you./p
pMatt McCormick/p

Posted on: Sun, 05/05/2002 - 11:23pm
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Hi Matt,
I've been to Hong Kong (but long before I had children or was aware of PA) and know you are going to love it! Make sure to have tea at the Peninsula Hotel.
Anyway, I'm referring your question to a friend of mine who travels there extensively for work. She may have some resources for you.
Best of luck to you!
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 05/06/2002 - 12:05pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Going Nuts:
[b]Anyway, I'm referring your question to a friend of mine who travels there extensively for work. She may have some resources for you.[/b]
Thanks a lot. I appreciate this!
Matt

Posted on: Mon, 05/06/2002 - 11:43pm
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Matt,
I'm trying to email you off board to give you some contact info. I keep getting an error message. If you don't receive an email from me, please email me at [email]amyfrankel@yahoo.com[/email]. I'll send you the scoop.
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 05/08/2002 - 5:04pm
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Hi, I have actually never posted here before but when I saw your post I knew I needed to respond.
I have two degrees in East Asian Studies and have lived in China and Hong Kong-most recently in Beijing, China for the year 2000-2001. I have been to Hong Kong several times and have never had a problem. The main difficulty with Cantonese food is the use of peanut oil. There are not alot of dishes that have nuts or peanuts as an ingredient. Just ask what kind of oil they use and you will be fine. People have never had a problem with me asking about preperation of food. But, if you are concerned about the langauge barrier, etc there are a lot of places in HK that serve western food. One thing you should make sure of is that if you are eating with a group of people ask them to not order any nut dishes since you will all be sharing dishes. Go and have a wonderful time and be sure to take time to explore China as well. I check this website from time to time so feel free to post any questions you might have for me here.
mmgshih

Posted on: Thu, 05/09/2002 - 12:26pm
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Thank you for your reply mmgshih. It is very reassuring to hear.

Posted on: Fri, 05/10/2002 - 8:22am
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Here is some more information for your trip to HK. There are alot of supermarkets that offer western food from America and England. I am most familiar with HK island locations in Causeway Bay, Wanchai, and Central but I am sure there are locations everywhere in HK. As for restaurants that adhere to a peanut free menu I am not really sure of any. I usually just check to see what oil they use and what ingredients are in my food. I have never worried about eating somewhere that had a few peanut or tree nut dishes on the menu. The only kind of restuarants that I avoid are Thai and Malaysian. Offhand the dishes usually on the menu that have peanuts are boiled peanuts and kung pao chicken. Occasionaly there are stir fried tofu dishes with peanuts. Also,there is a sandwich shop (chain) called Olivers that makes great sandwiches but most of their shops now make peanut butter sandwiches on the same appliance as the rest of their sandwiches.
Also, I speak Mandarin and my husband speaks Cantonese so this has always made finding out what ingredients are in each dish relatively easy for me. You might want to learn how to ask in Cantonese and in Mandarin-does this dish contain peanuts or tree nuts? What kind of oil do you use?
Or you can ask a friend to write it out for you in chinese.
Have a good time
mmgshih

Posted on: Sat, 05/11/2002 - 1:27pm
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Hi! I don't have much time to post, but wanted to add that it would also be a good idea to ensure that a clean pan and utensils are used to prepare your dishes. Sometimes a wok or other pan is simply wiped out between dishes, which doesn't eliminate traces of the peanut allergen. Stay safe!

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