GF American Food in Taiwan

Chocolate Sin CakeOne of the great things about Taiwan is the unlimited amount of excellent food that there is to eat. You could literally design a vacation in this country exclusively based on food. Unfortunately for me because of the celiac, 90% of it is all off limits to me, mostly because of the prevalence of soy sauce which is loaded with wheat for flavoring, and other unknown sources of gluten contamination. So Last night we went to Ruth’s Chris Steak House – a very GF-friendly restaurant chain that just so happens to have a branch right here in Kaohsiung. (Taipei and Taichung also have locations.)

That isn’t to say that I haven’t found a ton of good food to eat here in Taiwan so far – I have. The roasted chicken from Dongshan was excellent, and tonight we’re going to a local restaurant that is owned by a family friend where they are preparing just for me a gluten-free banquet. But I can’t just go out to any old restaurant or street food cart and pick something up to chow down on, and celiac is almost unheard of in Taiwan.

And hence, an excursion to Ruth’s Chris: A a gastronautical vacation from the vacation. Everything on the menu is made with simple ingredients. Gluten-free in SD has a good list of GF recommendations and pretty much all the good stuff is safe. I had a salad with the remoulade (so delicious!) a 12 oz fillet mignon, mashed potatoes, a few glasses of Mondavi’s Cabernet Sauvignon, and finished it with the Chocolate Sin Cake.

Yes, I did say “cake.” The Chocolate Sin Cake is made with no wheat flour or gluten-containing products of any kind. Just chocolate, eggs, and sugar apparently. It is unbelievably good. It is especially good considering that it it is gluten-free without even knowing it. This is how all food should be.

When I searched on Google for gluten-free dining options in Taiwan, restaurants or otherwise nothing really solid came up. And so, there is at least this one now: A little taste of home far away from home, gluten-free.

4 thoughts on “GF American Food in Taiwan”

  1. Reading this, I thought you might also like to see our web page from our life in Japan.

    The restaurant sounds pretty amazing. I had similar problems in Japan, but they label the main allergens, including wheat, so at least I had that going for me. I could see exactly how many things had wheat in them that you wouldn’t expect. πŸ˜‰ We did have an outback steakhouse in Chiba City, but at the time I didn’t know about their gluten free menu, so although I ate there I didn’t use the special menu.

    mmm, chocolate sin cake- what’s not to like about that!

  2. The main drawback to GF eating in Taiwan is of course soy sauce. If you can find black bean soy sauce and bring it with you when you go out, many restaurants will be fine with cooking you a special if they’re not too busy.

  3. There’s a lot of wheat-free soy sauces around. Wan Jia Shan and a lot of other popular brands all make wheat-free sauces that are available here.

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