One of the most frequent questions we get asked at the shop is “what is gluten-free on the menu?” And often or not our answer is “Sorry... We don't have many".
This is mainly because our gluten comes in the form of oyster sauce and soy sauce, which are two of the most commonly used ingredients in a lot of Asian cuisines such as Cantonese, Thai and Vietnamese. A staple of Chinese cooking, oyster sauce is often or not one of the first things you would see in Asian household, usually added to meats and vegetables, oyster sauce gives a more distinctive earthy in-depth flavour to any Asian-style dish. The same does for soy sauce.. Traditional brewed from soy bean and wheat, soy sauce is also an ingredient you will find in a lot of Asian cooking used as a dip or in seasoning dishes.
With condition such as coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity up fourfold over the past 20 years, the continuous rise in gluten-free products such as breads, cereals and snacks have become a constant figure in our ever expanding supermarket shelves. With a third of Americans avoiding gluten and the numbers in Britain growing rapidly, many have maintained a gluten-free diet for not only medical reasons but for those who believe that eating gluten-free food is more healthier and natural.
With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that your local Vietnamese have taken a massive leap up into the world of gluten-free. With a few tweaks here and there and the amazing find of a gluten-free oyster sauce and soy sauce at the local Asian supermarket (Thank you Panda Bread & Kikkoman), we have managed to change a couple of our favourite items on the menu into gluten-free options so you can enjoy a tasty Vietnamese anytime of the day whether its gluten or not.
For us, its been a long time coming, our customers have always asked for more gluten-free options and we are glad that we are now able to cater to these people as a result of a few tweaks to our family recipes.
Here is a list of gluten-free options at C+D:
Our chalkboard menus and online menu will be labeled with the abbreviation (GF) for gluten-free if you are unsure what has gluten and what doesn’t or alternative asked us if in doubt.
Thanks for reading, don't let gluten ruin your Vietnamese craving :)
Carrots + Daikon