|HK Bubble tea! The tapioca balls are naturally gluten free and provide a fun chewy texture. Plus, in HK, you MUST try the original famous milk tea! (I got thirsty so half of it was gone before I remembered to snap a photo!)|
|Red bean sticky rice cake! Made with rice flour|
|Snowman cheesecake with no crust! Yes!|
|Flan, vanilla creme, and raspberry mousse!|
|Sweet almond soup|
|Pan fried Eight Treasures Rice with candied cherries and powdered sugar|
|Glutinous rice ball in sweet red bean paste soup |
Most of the desserts I stuck to were creams, mousses, jello as well as fruit and desserts made from rice and beans.
During my stay in HK, I was seriously in dessert heaven. Having a major sweet tooth, even though I had just ate a really big meal, I always had room for dessert! What I didn't know was that my dad had planned an even bigger dessert heaven for me by reserving a table for my family and I at the famous Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton where the tourist attraction of sky100 is located- one of the tallest skyscrapers in Hong Kong.
Here are some of the desserts and small appetizers I ate:
Flourless chocolate cake with cranberry
The same tips for safely eating gluten free wherever you live also applies for eating in a foreign country. Here are some tips I found to be useful on my trip:
1) Make sure to bring non-perishable snack foods (pretzels, cereals, cookies) that you can eat on the plane rides and during your stay.
2) Try to familiarize yourself with the types of cuisines offered where you're staying to find out what you can and cannot eat. (Eg. HK has dim sum everywhere so it's good to find out what you can eat- I'll probably do a future blog post to help you guys out!)
3) Bring a friend who knows the language if you don't already know the language! It helps, trust me.
4) Gluten free dining card (where it applies). I didn't actually use a dining card because of the hassle it would bring to my parents and more so to the fact that if you show that sort of thing to a local HK restaurant, you will probably spend more time trying to explain what it means than the time it takes to sit down, order, eat and leave. I don't mean to discourage you from using it, but Chinese restaurants on the streets don't tend to be that obliging when you're paying that little.
5) Have fun and don't be scared you'll get sick at any moment! I was really scared during the beginning of the trip that I would definitely get sick from the food, but surprisingly enough, when I just relaxed and accepted that there is going to be cross contamination, I found that I didn't get sick that often. Much of the pain you feel is self induced and generated by the mind- enjoy your vacation and you'll find that eating gluten free in a foreign place will become second nature in no time!
That's all from me! I hope you enjoyed reading about my time in HK and all the food pictures. Let me know about your travel experiences, challenges and successes in eating gluten free! I would love to hear from all of you!
Thanks and talk to you very soon.