Delicious, Entry-Level Meals for Anyone Going Gluten-Free

4 December, 2018

For anyone with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, tracking down a quick lunch can involve a few extra hoops. Thankfully, more and more options are cropping up to meet the demand. Fresh and delicious rice paper rolls, quinoa-falafel bowls and a lemongrass salad with poached chicken.

1. Vietnamese cuisine features many naturally gluten free options, one of which is rice paper rolls. Saigon Rolls offers a box of three rolls, made fresh daily, with vermicelli, fresh Vietnamese mint and lettuce. Choose from prawn; lemongrass chicken; roast chicken; and tofu, all $7. Always check if the sauce is gluten-free. Soy sauce and hoi sin contain gluten, so it’s always best to check.

2. When in doubt, reach for eggs. Locomotion Coffee’s three egg omelette, $15.50, is a filling brunch option with ham, mushroom, Spanish onion, tomato, spinach and cheese. It comes with a side salad.

3. Regional Thai favourite Chum Tang does a number of dishes gluten-free on request. For example, you can order a celiac-friendly version of Yum tra krai, $16, a fragrant lemongrass salad with poached shredded chicken, coriander, chilli, shallot, roasted coconut, chilli, lime and palm sugar dressing.

Always check with staff that an item is gluten free. Always inform your waiter of a severe gluten-allergy as gluten-free meals may be prepared in kitchens in which wheat is used and cross-contamination may occur.