I came across a lovely Chinese blog post written about a person from the UK visiting Beijing. I found it very interesting to read and so thought that I would share it with everyone.
Currently, it is thought that very few people inside China have problems with gluten and therefore few are said to be presenting with Coeliac Disease although numbers are alleged to be rising.
Just to give a little taste of how the blog post begins to see if you may wish to read more it begins like this:
"Coeliac in China
I was thinking that being a coeliac in China must be as hard as being a vegetarian in Argentina. I recently had a friend visiting us here in Beijing from the UK, Mrs K, who is allergic to gluten and I did a little bit of research on gluten-free products available in Beijing. So, this post is mainly a collection of tips and findings I came across.
The problem in China is: firstly, soya sauce is wheat-based, and most dishes in China are made with soya sauce! And secondly, restaurants in general, are not aware of what being a coeliac means. Although you may explain that you are allergic to wheat, it is likely that they will not understand how serious it is or what you mean by 'no gluten in the sauce'. So even if you order something as simple as 'egg-fried rice', it will be prepared with soya sauce. To be on the safe side, order plain rice, steamed vegetables or those cooked in a 'white' sort of sauce (not brown or dark, which is surely made with soya sauce)."
To read the rest of the post please visit the following link:
If you find yourself visiting China then you may wish to consider that a coeliac card in Mandarin is available. PDF's of the cards are also on the site. See link below to see the card:
In high resolution:
Gluten Free Cards for other countries:
Travel stories (Gluten related) to various countries:
World-wide Coeliac Societies and Gluten Free Websites including Message boards:
Gluten Free Message Board:
A few other links about Coeliac Disease in China (it really looks as though we may be seeing more about this in the near future):