Do You Automatically Avoid All Chinese Food Restaurants? Why?

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/2004 - 12:17pm
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Okay, not having had Chinese food for several years now, and having just eaten some stir fried rice (my version thereof), I'm wondering how many people automatically avoid chinese food?

Do you know, I've almost forgotten why, but not quite. I know that pb *can* be used to seal egg rolls.

The last time I went into a Chinese food restaurant, it was when I was living in Stayner, so within the last six years, but probably close to the beginning, so six years ago, closer to diagnosis.

We asked what we thought were the right questions and we actually didn't order Chinese food - we ordered a regular breakfast. But what I found there was that there was a huge language barrier - the people were Chinese and did not speak English well at all.

I do remember shortly after diagnosis, when we were still living in Toronto, we did order Chinese food for some type of celebration we were having at home. And I do believe I asked all the "right" questions then. I also know that while still in Toronto, I called The Mandarin (a chain of Chinese food restaurants) and to me, it would appear that they were PA safe (at that time, many years ago).

In Belleville, I didn't even try because I thought of the language barrier again. But now that I'm back in Toronto, I'm wondering if this is now a possibility or if I should continue to make my own fried rice.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Wed, 10/13/2004 - 12:48pm
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Count me as someone who routinely avoids Chinese restaurants. Once in awhile when my son (PA/TNA) is on a sleepover, my husband and I will order Chinese and then scour everything down after. mmmm, we really do enjoy it tho. But, just seeing the menu with the peanuts in the dishes, and then ordering - definitely a language barrier, I never felt like I would take my son for Chinese.
I did buy a Chinese cookbook about two years ago, with great intentions. But when it came down to buying ingredients, I chickened out. Not sure what oyster sauce is, do I really want to use sesame oil, I think water chestnuts are ok - but not sure - these are the kinds of questions that stopped me. Guess my motivation was not so great.
I'm curious if other people have found Chinese places they trust.

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/2004 - 12:49pm
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Hi, we avoid chinese food because we have heard that some of the food is made with peanut oil, and that pb is used in some eggrolls. I also remember pre-PA that there were several dishes that contained peanuts at the chinese resteraunts we used to go to. Since the PA diagnosis though we have not tried to eat at any chinese resteraunts to I have never asked about all of this stuff myself...probably best to investigate your personal place of preference and see what they use! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Best wishes

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/2004 - 5:31pm
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HI,
I have been allergic to peanuts and treenuts since the age of one. I frequently eat in Chinese restaurants and have lived and traveled in China and Hong Kong numerous times. While I am not Chinese I do speak Mandarin and my husband is from Hong Kong and speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin. When I eat out I always tell them what I am allergic to. I have run across a few other people in Beijing who are nut allergic they all take the same precautions I take and are fine. Peanut oil in China is not used very often-they prefer to use what they call salad oil (soy or corn oil). I haven't run across many restaurants in this country that use peanut oil either. I am a vegetarian-I don't know if that has helped in this situation though many of those I mentioned earlier are not vegetarian. Let me know if you have any questions. I do avoid thai food though even though I have eaten it a few times without a problem I just don't like to eat in Thai restaurants.
mmgs

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/2004 - 11:07pm
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We avoid Chinese restaurants too. They have dishes that have peanuts in them. Therefore, so the woks and utensils are contaminated. Not worth the risk to me.
I make stir-fried broccoli with soy sauce and a little bit of sesame oil. My pa dd loves it.

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/2004 - 11:27pm
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We have always avoided all Chinese restraunts- with our son, we figure the cross contamination would be too great. With peanuts, almonds, peanut oil. Maybe someday- but for now that is where We go for date night when Alex spends the night at grandmas.

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2004 - 12:52am
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Ditto here - we go there on our date nights - meaning a couple of times a year if we are lucky. I asked at the Thai place I love so much. The owner said very politely that he would try very hard to make a dish safe for my Michael, but then he looked me straight in the eye and said but if it was really life threatening, he wouldn't risk it if it were his child. I was very grateful for the frank answer.
As far as the Chinese place in town, they claim to not use any Peanut oil in the building, but I've always assumed that they get at least some of their products pre-packaged. And here too, there was a language barrier - so I never got that warm & fuzzy feeling.
So we eat Chinese & Thai food out when we don't have the kids with us. Or I cook it at home - I got that cook book from Costco a few years ago, and I've gotten pretty decent at a couple of simple dishes.
I miss Drunken Noodles! I should try to find a recipe to cook it at home.
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Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2004 - 4:02am
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We avoid Chinese restaurants because of the cross contamination. Many chinese restaurants use peanuts or almonds (or other tree nuts) in the dishes. I don't particularly like chinese food so it is no bother to me.

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2004 - 9:04am
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Aaah, the thing I miss most, more than ice cream or bakery goods.
Between the peanuts, cashews, walnut and almond cross-contamination, and the fact that DS is also sesame allergic, Chinese food (as well as Thai and Vietnamese for that matter) are totally off limits.
There is this great little Vietnamese restaurant near my mom's that is very reasonably priced. Sometimes while my kids are at school my mom and I go there and just totally pig out. Sheer heaven!
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2004 - 10:11am
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For a while....we did. At one place. I mean, we heard all [i]the right stuff[/i] from the owners and staff. The chef who prepared the food we would eat came out to check with us. We custom ordered.
The last time we went in, I saw a big ceramic covered dish styled in the shape of a peanut for sale in the display case by the register. We left. I took it as a silent message from where-ever. Too Creepy.
General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form.

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2004 - 10:19am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b]For a while....we did. [/b]
just clarifying, after reading the replies, I thought the original question was pertaining to whether or not we ever ate at a "chinese restaurant". (oops)
anywhooooooooo just read the thread, and found it timely since tonight I had made my version of "chinese food". (I think I do a *good job*. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )
mmmmmmmmmmmm. I love making and eating fried rice sticks. love it when they poof up.
hint: we crunch them up with a paper napkin before eating them.

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