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Posted on: Tue, 10/19/2004 - 1:06pm
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We do not visit any ethnic restaurants anymore [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Too risky with my dd being allergic to PN/ all tree nuts and sesame seeds!
I want her to grow up without these types of restaurants in her life. It is way to risky to visit Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian restaurants and others I'm sure.
As our children get older, I feel more scared than I do now since I can control most everything.
I remeber reading many posts here about young adults that have died as a result of eating some sort of ethnic food that they thought was safe- usually when being in an unfamiliar restaurant.
I am scared to death for my dd. If we don't go to these restaurants now and as she is growing up she will hopefully continue on with what we have taught her-
I don't really feel that we have a choice- especially due to the cross contamination between her TN allergy and sesame allergy- we would be doomed in this situation!
When my dh do go out, we tend to do ethnic foods as we do miss them ourselves!

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 4:47am
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Quote:Originally posted by California Mom:
[b]We do eat at a few different Chinese restaurants. We're careful what we order, and that's about it. This has worked out fine for dd, fortunately.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam[/b]
Hi Miriam,
I eat at Chinese restaurants frequently as well and have not had any problems. However, I do ask questions when I arrive, just as I would do at other restaurants. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2004 - 7:59am
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We do like many of you & eat it when aidan's not around. He is allergic to seafood, peanuts, pork & eggs so it is not worth us taking a chance with him. But I wanted to let people know that alot of rest. marinade their meats in eggs. So be careful for egg allergies. Hope this helps [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 10/27/2004 - 1:57pm
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Cindy,
We haven't and never plan to eat at an Asian restaurant with my PA 3 y/o dd. My husband and I have it only when we are not with her. Just not worth the risk in our book!

Posted on: Fri, 10/29/2004 - 10:31am
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My parents used to take us to a chinese restaurant when I was a kind and they didn't realize how serious my PA was (and tree nuts). Luckily, by just ordering dishes that obviously didn't contain peanuts or other nuts, I never had a reaction. We went there so often though that I wonder if my parents knew the manager well enough that he ensured my safety. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I haven't eaten Chinese food since I was about 12 though (I'm 35 now). I have heard too many horror stories of people who died from cross-contamination. I've just decided it's not worth the risk. I am hoping that someday...somewhere...there will be more restaurants that are peanut and tree nut free in the future...since more and more people have this allergy now.
Kyla

Posted on: Fri, 02/04/2005 - 4:55am
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One of my DD's first "phantom" reactions before her diagnosis was to Chinese food. We called them "phantom" because she would turn red after eating and we couldn't figure out a common ingredient in anything. I never considered peanuts because I had never give them to her -- or at least I thought. When she had her first bite of PB cookies (which she snuck during a playgroup) she had a reaction serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital. After I educated myself I realized all the phantom reactions were due to cross-contamination; cc that was all sensitizing her to peanuts.
From what I understand, peanuts are used often in Chinese cooking as is peanut oil. They often use utensils & frying pans for many dishes. I can recall waiting on line at Chinese place for takeout and watching them use the same utensils to pack my order which had several different entrees. I also would see them use pans for different meals as well. This practice is not limited to Chinese restaurants of course, but they do have many dishes which use peanuts and tree nuts. (I avoid tree nuts as well)
Here's a sample from a local chinese place:
Kung Pao Chicken: A Szechuan classic of diced chicken stir-fried with peanuts, red bell peppers and chili peppers.
Diced Chicken with Hot Pepper Sauce & Peanuts
Shredded Pork with Hot Pepper Sauce & Peanuts
Jumbo Shrimp with Hot Pepper Sauce
Jumbo Shrimp Sauteed with Peanuts Bedded in Broccoli with Hot Pepper Sauce.
In my area there is a definate language barrier as well.
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Ellen
Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA
Sometimes I just want to say "blah blah blah blah blah."

Posted on: Fri, 02/04/2005 - 4:56am
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I just wanted to add this for those who might not find it in the Media folder:
Shot could have saved teen's life, doctor says
10:32 AM EST on Thursday, January 27, 2005
By MARK BOONE / 6NEWS
CONCORD, N.C. -- A teenage girl left behind the medicine that may have saved her life. Doctors say the girl suffered from an allergic reaction to an ingredient in Chinese food.
Gina Marie Hunt died Saturday after eating lunch at the Concord Mills food court.
The girl's family told a local newspaper that Hunt had severe allergic reactions to peanuts. She could not even be around people who ate peanut butter.
For full story/thread, go to:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum8/HTML/000994.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum8/HTML/000994.html[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 02/04/2005 - 7:46am
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The reason we counseled our son to avoid all Chinese food is the number of ingredients in each dish. There are so many different things in each dish and so many different spices. PLUS there are often peanuts in their cooking, a good reason to need to avoid possible cross contamination.
Peg

Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2005 - 12:51pm
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There is one Chinese restaurant that is VERY allergy aware. It is PF Changs. I am not sure if it is just in California. Their waiters are taught to ask at each table when they take the order if anyone is allergic. They do not use peanut oil at all. They only have peanuts in a couple of dishes, and they have special woks for pa people, woks that have never seen a peanut or a tree nut. They are also very allergy aware about other allergies. I have a very tight comfort zone with restuarants, and my 9 year old daughter just had her very first restaurant meal in her life! ( I am not counting a plate of fruit in a restaurant or a plate of french fries at the food court in the mall). She is also allergic to milk so that is why my comfort zone for restaurants is so tight. Anyhow, the managers at PF Changs are so allergy aware it is unbelievable. They totally understand cross contamination. The manager even told me that the woks for people with pa/tna are in a separate part of the kitchen, because otherwise food could splatter from one wok to the next. I was blown away.

Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2005 - 1:30pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Carefulmom:
[b]that they have very few dishes with peanuts[/b]
Quote:The manager even told me that the woks for people with pa/tna are in a separate part of the kitchen
What about the knifes & serving utensils?
They also have a salad with peanuts on the Web site menu. What about the salad bowls?
It seems like a lot to keep separate.
While I commend the restaurant for such a thorough job, this is still not within my comfort zone.
I will teach my daughter to never eat Asian food. I'd rather her think all Chinese food has peanuts then have her try to figure out on her own, as a teenager, what is ok and what is not.
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